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ospel Messenger 

Vol. 86 

Elgin, 111., January 2, 1937 

No. 1 


Photo by E. G. Hoff 


(Dedicatory Statement Over the Fireplace) 


W©Emeini's N^mmlber 

(Table of Contents on Page 16) 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1937 


False Pride 

"But their nobles put not their necks to the 
work of their Lord'' 

Read Neh. 3: 1-5 


Almost everyone shared in the great 
work of rebuilding the wall of Jerusa- 
lem. Even the goldsmiths and the per- 
fumers took places on the wall and the 
priests used the trowel and the ham- 
mer. The men of Jericho sent a dele- 
gation and the folks from Tekoa had 
a place. But not the nobles — they sim- 
ply were too proud to work. 

Is there any service in the church we 
are too proud to perform? Does any 
office we hold make us falsely proud? 
Are we all brethren, or are some of us 
nobles, perhaps unconsciously? The 
Lord of Glory washed the feet of his 
disciples and nothing can take the place 
of personal service. 

O Lord, who earnest not to be min- 
istered unto but to minister, forgive our 
foolish pride. Amen. 

Suitable Recognition 

"And next unto him repaired Hattusk the 
son of Hashabneiah" 

Read Neh. 3: 6-18 

This may seem like only a long list of 
unpronouncable Semitic names, but to 
Nehemiah and those who first read it, 

it meant far more. Nowhere else do 


we read of Hattusk; but he was one of 
those who had shared in the great work 
and his name appears in this honor roll. 
We should not work to gain recog- 
nition, but psychologically we are so 
constituted that we expect it. If the 
Lord's work and the work of the 
church are to go forward we must ar- 
range that all who deserve it receive 
suitable recognition. Surely we labor 
not for rewards but we know our Lord 
will remember faithfulness. 

O Father, help us to speak the word 
of appreciation this day. Amen. 


"Baruch the son of Zabbai earnestly re- 
paired another portion" 

Read Neh. 3: 19-32 

I wonder why of Baruch alone 
Xehemiah says that he labored earnest- 
ly? Was he an awkward fellow who 
made many movements but accom- 
plished little? Or was he a good work- 
man whose zealousness outshone all 


others? I prefer to think that the lat- 
ter was true and Nehemiah was com- 
mending him for unusual faithfulness. 
On every project some one works more 
earnestly than the others, some one 
carries more than his share of the bur- 
den. Without these earnest souls, to 
whom life is a serious business and ev- 
ery assignment a task to be efficiently 
performed, the world would be the 
poorer. It is so' easy to labor indiffer- 
ently, to wait for the other person, 
while to labor earnestly takes so much 
effort and energy, but a greater than 
Nehemiah waits to commend our zeal- 

Lord, increase our zeal as We labor 
to build thy \ingdom. Amen. 

Love Your Enemies 

"Cover not their iniquities and let not their 
sin be blotted out from before thee" 

Read Neh. 4: 1-6 

God's children were continually har- 
assed by enemies during the work of 
reconstruction. They first used ridicule 
and then when the work continued 
they threatened to use force.- In the 
face of this opposition Nehemiah cried 
to his God and it was a bitter cry. It 
is not for us to judge Nehemiah, but 
surely the Lord would have us love our 
enemies and pray for those who perse- 
cute us. This is the better way, the 
way of love and hope. We all know 
how hard it is to bear sarcasm and 
ridicule and it is natural to strike back. 
Therefore we must not judge Nehe- 
miah because so often we too are vin- 
dictive and filled with hate. The power 
of the Spirit however can change these 
hearts of ours till we love those who 
would harm and injure us. 


The Listening Ear 

Read 1 Samuel 3: 1-10. 

Would I recognize the voice of God? 

Do I practice listening or are my 
prayers too often filled only with peti- 

The Lord speaks through circum- 
stances, through friends and through 
his Word. 

Can I be certain that the Lord has 

I can not afford to make any impor- 
tant decision unless I know his will. 

"I will hear what the Lord will speak: 
For he will speak peace unto his people, and 
to his saints" (Psa. 85:8). 

Father, forgive us for the many 
times we have failed thee and have not 
returned good for evil. Amen. 

Remember the Lord 

"Be not ye afraid of them: remember 
the Lord" 

Read Neh. 4: 7-14 

These were brave men who rebuilt 
Jerusalem. The work was difficult and 
the danger of attack was ever present. 
They had no modern machinery to lift 
the heavy stones and they did not have 
enough men to detail some as soldiers 
while others built. But in the face of 
great obstacles and discouragement the 
work went forward. A large share of 
the credit for the success is due Nehe- 
miah for his wise counsel that turned 
their thoughts from the enemy to the 
Lord. It was the remembrance of the 
Lord which was their strength. And so 
it is with us. Our adversaries may be 
many; we may even be misunderstood 
by our closest friends ; but God under- 
stands and his grace is sufficient. Our 
difficulties seem overwhelming, but re- 
member the Lord! 

O Lord, may we remember that we 
labor not for men but as seeing him 
whom having not seen we love. Amen. 


"Everyone went with his weapon to the 

Read Neh. 4: 15-23 

What a picture of military strategy! 
What an organizer Nehemiah was I 
The walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt 
only because Nehemiah had planned so 
well. Preparedness is necessary to ac- 
complish any end; the better the plans 
the more likely success. Not for one 
minute was the work left unguarded. 
Even when the leaders went to bathe 
they took their weapons with them. 

In the work of rebuilding the house 
of God today are we as zealous as these 
Jews? Do we come together when the 
trumpet blows, or. do we stay at home 
because the preacher has offended us? 
Do we carry our spiritual weapons with 
us into all of the activities of the ev- 
ery day? Are we aware of the enemies 
which everywhere surround us and 
would hinder the work of the Lord? 

Our Father, may we ever be alert to 
the forces of evil which surround us 
and assured that thou art able. Amen. 




H. A. BRANDT— Assistant Editor 

Vol. 86 

Elgin, 111., January 2, 1937 

No. 1 


Better Than Gold 

What are these things that are more to he desired 
than gold, yea, than much fine gold? You know that 
familiar text in the nineteenth psalm and you have 
probably heard some of the fine sermons that have been 
preached on it. " Standing Room Only " Stidger had 
one of them in the November Christian Herald. He 
talks of such superb values as gratitude, appreciation, 
consciousness of duty well done and the other deeper 
satisfactions which multitudes have found to be better 
than gold. 

And he is exactly right. But we should not go on 
overlooking what is at the bottom of all this. We 
should pay some attention to what the text says. Ac- 
cording to this, it is the " judgments of the Lord," or, 
as the American Version has it, his " ordinances," that 
are more to be desired than gold. 

See? It is better to be in harmony with him. It is 
better to seek his kingdom and his righteousness than 
gold or anything else. It is better to be in line with the 
eternal principles of right than to be anything else, even 
a high officer of state. Wasn't it something like this 
that Henry Clay said ? Anyway what the psalm says is 
the bottom fact to reckon with in making a list of 
things most to be desired. E. f. 

God Is Christ's Father and Ours 

Without Christ God himself becomes distant, 
vague and unreal, says Stanley Jones so truly. In 
Christ we approach God on " the near side." One 
well-known philosopher has called Christ " the human 
face of God." 

That is why Jesus said : " Believe in God, believe 
also in me." We can only believe in God in a satisfy- 
ing way by believing in Jesus Christ. It is he that has 
shown us what God is. We ought to rejoice daily in 
this fact. 

And this great fact should help us to see better the 

kind of " mediator " we have in Christ. Some Chris- 
tians would be happier than they are if they remem- 
bered always that it is the office of Christ as mediator 
to bring men closer to God, not to stand between God 
and men so as to keep them apart. It doesn't make 
Christ jealous to see men go on through him right up 
to God himself. Nothing pleases him more. Then he 
knows his own work has been done perfectly. 

But how it must grieve him to see men claiming to 
honor a God who is so utterly unlike his Father ! 

E. F. 

Constitutions for Families 

The modern way of defining duties and privileges 
for the members of a group is to draw up a constitu- 
tion. Societies, associations, clubs and classes, to say 
nothing of political units, have constitutions — usually 
in written form. But so far as we know, the most 
basic group of all, the family, has never had the bene- 
fit of a carefully drafted statement of its underlying 
sanctions together with an outline of duties and privi- 
leges of members. 

We do not mean to say that study has not been given 
to the family. Countless books and articles have been 
written on the history, problems and other aspects of 
the family. Many of its relations and privileges are 
defined by law. Marriage is given sanction and sig- 
nificance by religious and civil ceremonies. But even 
so, the principals to the marriage relation usually un- 
dertake family responsibilities with all too little 
knowledge of what is involved. As for the resulting 
groups, they usually drift along without considered at- 
tention to what the family is and how it should func- 

Then why not have constitutions for families? Of 
course we hasten to say that the ideal family lives 
above that which could be specified in a constitution. 
For the law of the highest family life is the law of 
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mother. However, the increase of divorce indicates 
that many families fall far short of the ideal. And 
here is just where some attention should be given to 
the conditions that make for happy family life. 

Now families differ so in temperament and in other 
important factors that it would be hard to present a 
constitution in any great detail. What would be more 
to the point, would be for a family to work out its own 
constitution if such should seem desirable. Thus what 
shall be attempted here is more by way of suggestion 
as to points to be covered, and the spirit which should 
underlie all. Thus as we have already said, the law of 
the ideal family is the law of love. Points to be given 
special consideration are such as these : What is the 
family? What is its purpose? What are the duties 
and privileges of the various members of such a 
group? How should a family be organized? What 
can be achieved by an ideal family? 

As for the family as we know it, such a group may 
be defined as the primary social unit. It is the smallest 
and most intimate. There is a very true sense in which 
it is the " world in epitome." It is not unusual to find 
it is harder to get along in the family than with neigh- 
bors or strangers. Nor is this hard to understand. 
The members of a family live under one roof, eat at 
the same table, share the same bank account and the 
same bed. In so far as family problems are solved, 
and family life lovely and stimulating, the problems of 
church and state are also simplified. 

The purpose of the family may be viewed from 
many angles. To be a bit more explicit, one may think 
of purpose in terms of the biological, economic, social, 
cultural and religious sanctions which underlies it. 
Biologically, the family exists for the sake of children. 
To which it may be added that experience indicates the 
lifelong union of the happily mated pair gives children 
their best chance. Viewed economically, the family is 
a small scale co-operative in which duties are shared 
according to ability and returns according to need. 
Much is said these days of the decline in the social 
side of family life ; and yet, much could be made of 
what is left. Certain of the newer agencies, such as 
the radio, are making this possible. The family is cer- 
tainly a vital cultural unit, for it is here that the initial 
mind set is given. And this cultural trend continues, 
at least indirectly, through the choice of friends, ac- 
tivities, church affiliations and educational connections. 
Finally, the family has its religious implications. For 
it is there that religion has its best chance to be taught 
and caught. 

How the family should be organized is a mooted 
question, especially in our times. We are not inclined 
to argue for a hard and fast rule. Temperament, for 
example, makes such "differences that what might be 
beneficial in one case would mean disaster in another. 

Yet, since a family always involves two or more per- 
sons, there should be some understanding as to the 
best allocation of authority. But however this is 
worked out, it should contribute to the highest possible 
type of co-operation in the interest of the common 

With regard to duties and privileges it is impossible 
to lay down regulations for every contingency even if 
such were desirable. The best that can be offered is in 
the realm of general principles. The family offers the 
first circle for the application of the Golden Rule. But 
above all, let love reign in every relation and the de- 
tail of what constitutes duties and privileges will tend 
to take care of itself. In the family each should con- 
tribute to the limit of his best and share according to 
relative need. 

What can be achieved by the ideal family? Well, 
there is really no limit to what may be realized in terms 
of better living. From the standpoint of biology, it is 
not by accident that the homes of ministers and mis- 
sionaries have produced more than their share of the 
world's leaders. As for economic well-being, that is 
very likely to follow where the family is a true co- 
operative. In the matter of social and cultural returns, 
where can one find anything so genuinely satisfying as 
the companionship realized in a congenial family 
group ? And here, too, one finds the best that religion 
can offer on earth — a home that is a heaven indeed ! 

H. A. B. 

Children of All Ages Are Made 

We are quite accustomed to the idea that poets are 
born, not made, and we had always thought that chil- 
dren are born too, but a very careful and sensible think- 
er has about convinced us that children, unlike poets, 
are made. What he means is that children need cor- 
rection and instruction in righteousness to be children 
of worth to themselves, to the homes they are born in- 
to and to the world in which they must live. 

Isn't it refreshing to see the science of child training, 
character building and education generally, coming to 
its senses? A generation ago psychology discovered 
that children are persons and that their personalities are 
entitled to respect, and then just about went crazy over 
the idea of letting them do as they please. Now it is 
discovering again that it is good for persons of all ages 
to be compelled to do some things they don't like to do, 
until they learn the value of that training so well that 
they do such things of their own free will. 

Yes, there were a great many men and women who 
lived and died before any of us were born and some of 
them had some very good ideas. They are worth look- 
ing into, lest an already great need become unbearable — 
the need for " the subordination of intellectual ar- 
rogance to the discipline of the unselfish life." E. F. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1937 


The Woman of Samaria 


She came with earthen jar — 

Her daily household task 

To carry from the wayside well 

A portion from its cool, dark spring. 

Day after day, the winding path, 

The burden, and the villagers she met, 

All quite the same. 

How could she know this was the day of days, 

When she should meet the Prophet at the well, 

One who could know and understand all things, 

Give living water for her thirsting soul! 

* * * * 
The water jar lay empty on the stones, 
The household task undone! 
What mattered that! 
Her soul had been refreshed, 
And a whole city thronged to see the Christ 
That day at Sychar's well! 

Ludinglon, Mich. 

One Happy Home 


The happy home I am thinking about is located in 
the countiy where God's sunshine is bright and the air 
is fragrant. The absence of distracting noises seems 
always to help one feel the heavenly Father's presence 
a little more real than in the dingy, crowded city. 

This home has always been a small co-operative so- 
ciety where father and mother and the children con- 
sulted each other about plans for the home. Mother 
consulted father when the house needed some changes 
or new furnishings. And father consulted mother 
about things needed on the farm. In the midst of 
these consultations very often the remark was made: 
" Ought we spend money to do this when money is 
needed for the Lord's work in so many places ?" And 
the decision was always made so that the work of the 
kingdom came first, and their own second. 

Two sons and a daughter came to bless this home. 
As the little boy grew old enough to run about and 
follow daddy, his father was never too busy to give 
him little tasks just his size to do. And so tactful was 
this father that it seemed the boy took as much inter- 
est in work as if it had been play. 

A second son came to stay for only a few hours, 
then God called him home. What a disappointment — 
and yet not one bitter thought, for they believed that 
God knew best, even though they could not under- 
stand. Often afterwards when the mother went shop- 
ping for her first son she made a like purchase for 
some needy child saying, "If our other baby had lived 
we would have bousfht it for him." 

This home was always open to guests. Perhaps 
they were just a couple of children from the city who 
needed a few weeks in the country. Sometimes a mis- 
sionary stayed with them. The guest at other times 
was a working girl who needed rest and a change 

The generous sharing with others of the products 
from the farm, fresh eggs, canned fruit and vegeta- 
bles was a common practice. These practical gifts 
were always finding their way to a hospital or into 
some needy home. 

How interested in mission work was this mother ! 
In the midst of daily duties many bundles of little 
patches were cut for women and girls across the sea 
to sew. When a neighbor or friend would drop in to 
make a call, she would explain that these were to go 
to India or China for the girls' school work. Many a 
gift found its way with a returning missionary to some 
one on the foreign field. Giving and sharing was the 
predominant note in the home. In fact the spirit of 
giving was so outstanding that the little boy took it 
quite seriously. At the age of five or six when the 
family felt the necessity of buying a car — just a Ford — 
the little boy in this glee said, " Oh, mamma ! is it 
ours, or are we going to give it away?" With such 
examples of unselfish giving always before him it is 
not strange that after college days were over this 
young man entered our seminary and prepared for the 
ministry. He with his splendid wife are now out ia 
service doing effective work in the pastorate of one of 
our churches. 

Good homes have a way of leaving indelible impres- 
sions upon the hearts of all who are touched by them. 

Oak Park, III. 

A Tribute to a Happy Christian Home 


It is the close of day. The hustle and bustle that ac- 
company the activities of a large family come to 
quietude, and parents and children are gathered in the 
living room for family worship. This is their custom. 

Love is the cornerstone of this home and devotion to 
Christ and the church pervade all of the family life. 
There are numerous Christian mottoes banging about 
the walls that grip with power the minds of the chil- 
dren and of guests. This is in truth a " House by the 
Side of the Road," for travelers, ministers, mission- 
aries, all find the framed " Welcome " above the living 
room door genuine, and while they contribute the fin- 
est of influence to this home, they also carry away in- 
spiration and strength. 

The days of the week lead up to Sunday. The fa- 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1937 

ther. a minister and elder; the mother, a Bible school 
teacher ; the children, active in young people's work, 
look forward to Sunday as- the best day. There are 
struggles and difficulties, illnesses and anxious hours 
during the years, but through all a quiet confidence and 
trust. The children seldom think of amusement else- 
where, for a big place is given to recreation and fun, 
and many truly hilarious evenings are spent together. 

The years pass. Once more the family circle is 
gathered for evening worship, this time about a camp- 
fire in the open, for the circle of twelve has enlarged 
with daughters-in-law, sons-in-law and grandchildren. 
Little wonder that in this group about the fire, with 
unanimity of purpose, there should be a son on fur- 
lough from India, four other sons and two sons-in-law 
ministers, and all of the others active in Christian 
work. The power and far-reaching influence of such 
a happy Christian home can "hardly be estimated. 

Ludiugton, Mich. 

A Home Worth Knowing 


Liveringhouse, Mary Catherine Blough — just a 
few printed words, a name, yet a flood of memories 
came to me as I read that name in the Fallen Asleep 
column of a recent Messenger. Though this notice 
tells of her death in a Soldier's Home at Grand Island, 
Nebr., she is not dead to me. She lives in my mind as 
a symbol of a virtue which blesses mankind, and it is 
in appreciation of her and of that virtue that I pen 
these few lines. 

Quick as a flash memory takes me back to late. June 
of the year 1922 when Amsey and I in a " rattling " 
good second-hand, model-T Ford, with the world be- 
fore us as we thought, made our way from east to 
west, or from Pennsylvania to Idaho. It was hot trav- 
eling and since the Ford seemed to need rest and water 
even more frequently than we did, we were not break- 
ing any speed limit laws. And the tourist camps along 
the way, though far from providing the comforts and 
conveniences of tourist camps today, nevertheless pro- 
vided our nightly stopping place. 

Passing through Lincoln, Nebr., on a Saturday 
noon, we stopped at the parsonage of our church to 
inquire whether there would be any churches along the 
way in which we might worship with those of like 
faith on the morrow. We were told of a little church 
at Juniata, Nebr., which was not far off the Lincoln 
Highway on which we were traveling. That night 
found us at Hastings in a delightful camp where we 
refreshed ourselves and made plans for setting out 
early to Juniata the next day, in time for the morning 

Sunday dawned clear and warm and after breaking 

camp, with a few miles travel, we came to the little 
town of Juniata. The church as I recall proved to be 
a room set aside for the purpose of worship. And in- 
stead of a crowd which we had anticipated, hoping 
thus to be inconspicuous in our khaki traveling out- 
fits, we found scarcely more than a dozen in atten- 
dance. The dozen were there for worship, and finding 
seats, we waited with them in silence before the Lord. 
Finally a brisk little woman with grey hair and 
motherly manner stepped up to Amsey asking, " Are 
you the preacher for today?" 

" No," confessed Amsey in surprise, " I am a 
preacher, but I did not come expecting to preach." 

" Well," continued this dear lady, " we expected a 
preacher today, but we didn't know who he was or 
what he looked like, and since you are the only stran- 
gers here today we thought you must be the one. 
Won't you preach for us?" She ended her explana- 
tion with this plea. 

Amsey's ordination had occurred only the preceding 
winter and his experience was limited to one or two 
sermons; moreover the khaki outfit did not seem so 
very appropriate to the pulpit. However, Amsey 
agreed to " make a few remarks," and with the " re- 
marks " and songs and prayer the service proceeded. 

The service over, the brisk little lady invited us 
cordially to go along and spend the day before starting 
out again on our way. This we did and found our- 
selves enjoying the hospitality of Mary and Lewis 
Liveringhouse in a country home near the little town. 
And what a day that was ! Repeatedly Mrs. Livering- 
house would say: "It's like having children , come 
home to have you here." Her married daughter and 
family were there too for the day, and when we gath- 
ered around the well lajd dinner table it did indeed 
seem like a family gathering. Around the organ we 
sang songs and then enjoyed the afternoon sitting on 

the porch ex- 
changing bits of 
family history un- 
til we felt not at 
all like strangers. 

Golden grain as 
far as the ejje cart 
see. The writer 
on the Livering- 
house farm, June,. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1937 

Reader's right to left: Brother and Sister Lervis Liver- 
inghouse and Amsey Bollinger, Juniata, Nebr., June, 

We learned how in pioneer days and ways Mary 
Catherine Blough had gone west to Oregon to join the 
man who should become her husband. She had la- 
bored there in the fruit factories to help establish the 
home. Lewis Liveringhouse told of some of his ex- 
periences in the Civil War, Our own recent wedding 
was romance to Mary Liveringhouse. As the after- 
noon wore away and we would have gone on to an- 
other camp, we were pressed to stay and to remain 
for the night. Under this persuasion we were not re- 
luctant to remain and find rest and sleep in a real bed, 
for we had not seen a bed since we left Indiana. 

The next morning while Amsey repaired tires and I 
did necessary laundering and mending, Mary Liver- 
inghouse busied herself in gathering together bits of 
extra food for us to take along. We all felt it to be 
a morning of happy friendship and fellowship. And 
then when farewells were said, we set out on our way 
down toward the Colorado line. 

For long stretches of the way all about us as far as 
the eye could see were fields of grain, golden in the 
sunshine, waving in the breeze — -fields of grain as 
beautiful in fruition in the golden sunshine as the 
warm human kindness and gracious hospitality which 
Mary Liveringhouse had shown two strangers in that 
brief stay. 

Though I never saw Mary Liveringhouse again I 
am glad to be able to say that I did not save all my 
words of appreciation of her until death. I kept in 
touch with her for some years and sometimes, re- 
membering her kindness and hospitality, I have felt 
that she was the sort of a woman who could say : 
"' God put a lantern in my hand and on my lips a 
song." Among my treasured memories is one of those 
shining fields of grain and the blessing of that un- 
expected visit. 

With the scourge of grasshoppers and the drought 
perhaps Nebraska has had few fields of waving grain 
this past year. But even in the face of reverses and 
in the feverish haste of present-day living, we are con- 
fident that there is not a drought of the spirit among 
those who, like the Liveringhouses, took time and 
thought to show a gracious hospitality to strangers 
and kindness to their fellow man in need. Certainly 
this is a virtue, a beauty of a day gone by. 

Ahwa, Dangs, India. 

Little Homes Across the Sea 


We saw our first little homes across the sea on the 
evening of July 22, 1936. From our vantage point on 
the starboard of the S. S. Stavanger fjord, we had been 
looking all afternoon for the first sight of land. Blue 
mountains which came to view might as well have 
been taken for clouds. In fact, there was some con- 
troversy on this point amongst the more naive of us. 
As we neared Norway we could distinguish high rock 
walls along the water's edge. Above and beyond them 
were small cottages dotted along the bright green hill- 
sides. In front of every gaily painted cottage was a 
white flagpole. I should like to have visited every 
one of those homes. I did so in my imagination, for- 
getting that I was hundreds of miles from my own 
home and children. Before me were real homes 
where people loved and laughed, sang and wept, and 
worked and played just as they do in homes every- 
where. Right there I forgot that I was a foreigner 
and I did not remember again in the true sense, until 
we were almost home in our own country. 

The approach to Bergen, Norway, and our arrival 
there, was a rare experience. Bergen seemed to come 
to meet us as she gently reached out her arms of land 
in welcome. Between these arms she offered us the 
glassy calmness of her waters. We were in Ber- 
gensfjord! In a few minutes we were to be in Ber- 
gen. Even the high rock walls had descended to meet 
us and were on a level with the water. Small fishing 
houses were all along the water's edge. The little 
homes had gradually come down to our level too. In 
front of us lay the city. We saw her through the 
misty halo which was everywhere. She would not 
have us forget to look heavenward. Rising from the 
mist, the spire of old St. Johannes church reminded us 
from whence all these beauties and blessings came. 
Our steamer was scarcely moving. The ship's orches- 
tra was playing the Norwegian national anthem ; hun- 
dreds of people on the shore were waving to friends 
and long-separated relatives on board. It was a red- 
letter moment. The orchestra took up the strains of 
" The Star Spangled Banner," and followed it with 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1937 

" Stars and Stripes Forever."' Never before had we 
appreciated these national airs so much. Smiles of 
friendly greeting were on faces everywhere. I am 
sure that even- heart was warmed that evening. We 
caught the spirit of goodwill and fraternal well-being 
and forgot that we were stepping on foreign soil as we 
disembarked. The spirit of the evening actually per- 
vaded the mob as we struggled through customs, 
which is often discouraging. When we finally emerged 
from the crowd and baggage, with a tie hanging out 
of one suitcase and a belt from the other, with rain in 
cur faces and no umbrella, our hearts were beating 
high — because we knew that we were a part of the 
Great Family and had been welcomed to our homes in 

The next day we went by train from Bergen to 
Oslo. Along the way were many little well-kept 
homes. Everywhere flowers grew luxuriantly green 
and blossomed in profusion. Vegetation reminded one 
of a veritable Garden of Eden. We expected these 
mountainous areas to be shabbily peopled, but not so 
here. Women and children waved to us from the win- 
dows of their homes all along the way. They were as 
neatly and as brightly dressed as the flowers that 
blossomed in the windows, around their cottages and 
in the fields. Men and boys were busy on the small 
farms. Many were taking milk to the station in carts. 

Xorway was to us a medley of towering mountains, 
slender waterfalls, rushing streams of crystal water, 
placid lakes reflecting Norway pines, green fields with 
hay hung up on racks to dry, harebells, heather, tiger 
lilies, rain and sunshine. But best of all was the soul 
of Xorway in and about her little homes. 

One day at Oslo a beautiful Norwegian girl came to 
us and spoke in perfect English. She offered us her 
services and we accepted without hesitation. She told 
us that her parents were in the United States where 
her father was a university professor. She was back 
in the University of Oslo finishing her education, spe- 
cializing in the field of social service, and doing prac- 
tical service work. Both she and her parents felt that 
~he should earn her way through college. She was 
engaged to a young Norwegian artist. This well- 
poised Christian pair were prophetic of a glorious to- 
morrow for Norway. Their bearing and promise bore 
testimony to the home from which they each came. 
One of their services to us was helping us into a Nor- 
wegian home. The mistress of this home made great 
effort to contact us at our hotel. Before we saw her 
we knew that she was our friend. Her invitation to 
us was genial and kindly insistent. At the appointed 
time we arrived at her home. It was a magnificent 
home, in the heart of a flower garden. There was a 
street on each of three sides of the estate. We suf- 
fered exquisitely as we stood there trying to discover 

which was the front entrance. It was a matter of 
guessing and we happened to be right. Our hostess 
received us as friends who had been away awhile. 
She spoke excellent English, having done graduate 
work at a great American university while her hus- 
band was engaged in the shipbuilding industry in the 
United States some years ago. No sooner had we en- 
tered the drawing room than we were seated at a table 
laden with Norwegian delicacies. Before we started 
to eat, our hostess began speaking of spiritual things. 
Soon a minister from Finland, who was attending the 
convention, joined us. He understood some English 
and participated in the conversation. Our lady asked, 
us one question which comes to me often : " Just what 
does your religion mean to you?" She shared with 
us her answer to this question. The man from Fin- 
land was greatly concerned about the dangers he fears 
for his country. He asked Rufus many questions 
about the matter of peace. He shook his head doubt- 
fully as the three of us spoke of peace at any price. 
He wanted peace. He was preaching and praying for 
it, but he was afraid that Finland would be swallowed. 
up by an enemy if she stopped preparing to defend 
herself. Reluctantly we bade our friends good-by, but 
as we went from them we felt the warm glow of new 
lights that had been rekindled within us. 

Generally, the homes of Sweden are larger in struc- 
ture than in Norway. We saw many, many homes as 
we motored with Bro. J. F. Graybill and his daughter, 
Ruth, one thousand miles in this great country which 
has been called " the primeval home of pine forests." 
Always there were kindly ones with smiles of wel- 
come. Some of our choicest moments over there were 
spent in the homes of our own church people. One 
of these occasions was in a little home hard by the 
shores of the Baltic Sea. We had driven all day in a 
blinding rain. From within the warm kind shelter of 
the white cottage we looked out upon the great Swed- 
ish plain which was lost in the gray of the wind-blown, 
rain. Our host and hostess with their daughter could 
not speak our language. Bro. Graybill was a most 
efficient interpreter and worked hard at it all evening. 
When the men were in conversation and I was alone 
with the women as they went about the preparation of 
the meals we tried so hard to talk but we did not get 
very far. We just looked at each other and thought. 
They knew that I was interested in their home and 
•gave me the privilege of wandering about and taking 
notes. The furniture was largely made of pine. (This 
is true in the average home. Mahogany and walnut 
are used in the finer homes.) In two of the rooms 
were thirty-eight beautiful pictures and odd pieces 
hanging on the walls. Always on Scandinavian walls 
there were boat scenes. In this home there were fifty- 
four different flowers. All were fresh and green and 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1937 

most were blossoming. There were geraniums, be- 
gonias, cacti, and those not common in the United 
States. Five vases of cut flowers gave of their beauty 
and fragrance. Out-of-doors were more flowers, trees 
and lilac hedges. Immaculate cleanliness was in evi- 
dence everywhere. But greater than all of this was 
the spirit of the home. It was a Christian home. They 
spent their evenings together, with the neighbors, play- 
ing their instruments and singing hymns and beauti- 
ful old Swedish songs their mothers had taught them 
through the generations. Together our hearts were 
lifted upward in the common language of song. We 
went beyond the pictures on the walls, the cut glass, 
the silver, the copper, the brass, the woodcarvings and 
the hand-painted vases and dwelt upon things eternal. 
The next day we had to leave them. As we said fare- 
well in the flower garden which was then flooded with 
sunshine the little mistress plucked a sprig of lavender 
leaves and blossoms and pressed them into my hand. 
She " said it with flowers " and I think I understood. 

The farmhouses, barns, gardens and fields of Ger- 
many reminded us of the old, old homes of Pennsyl- 
vania. We felt ancestral kinship with the German 

We hurried from Germany up to Denmark where 
we motored again with Brother Graybill and Ruth, 
through the " pearl of Denmark " to the north, to our 
church homes, where we were quite at home among 
the Brethren. Fine fellowship with the Danish people 
proved to us once again that we were one in a greater 

In London, at Stratford on Avon, at Shottery, along 
the narrow streets of Paris, about the countryside of 
France and Switzerland were firesides with home- 
lovers gathered around. 

On an early September morn when the S. S. 
Aquitania sailed safely into New York harbor we felt 
like John Howard Payne must have felt when he 
penned — 

"To us in despite of the absence of years, 
How sweet the remembrance of home still appears! 
From allurements abroad which but flatter the eye 
The unsatisfied heart turns and says with a sigh: 
Home, home, sweet, sweet home, 
There's no place like home, 
O there's no place like home." 

Washington, D. C. 

Being a Mother in 1937 


Thousands of years ago Satan tempted the first 
woman to eat of the tree of knowledge, saying she 
would not die as God had said, but instead would be 
very wise. Today he is saying the same thing to wom- 
en concerning motherhood, appealing to their vanity. 

selfishness, or fear, telling them they should not be 
mothers, giving them various reasons from lack of 
money to having more time for church work, saying 
" Why bring children into this overpopulated world in 
perilous times ?" But just tell him that he is the cause 
of all misery and that the money spent on wars and 
crimes, if these could be averted, would support the 
present population and more, in comfort. 

Those were perilous times when the angel told Mary 
she was to become the mother of our Lord, but she ac- 
cepted motherhood as an honor and sang a song of 
praise, though perhaps realizing her son would be cruci- 
fied and her own heart pierced with sorrow. Those 
were perilous times when our pioneer mothers reared 
strong men and women for church and state, the 
pioneer mother binding her child to her with a link of 
love not broken by ease or luxury. 

What career is more fascinating than helping mould 
a Christian personality? What picture more beautiful 
than the face of a rosy cheeked, bright-eyed baby? 
What song is sweeter than a lullaby? If a woman's 
face is pretty, motherhood makes it beautiful ; if ordi- 
nary, through motherhood it is glorified. The health 
and figure of mothers of large families is as good as 
mothers of one or none, plus a clear conscience and 
added hours for wholesome recreation, social and 
church activities. " As thy days so shall thy strength 
be " for both the joys and sorrows of motherhood. 
God bless the mothers of 1937 both new and old. 

Rocky Ford, Colo. 

Mother and Her Young Lady Daughter 


The time when a girl reaches the age of young lady- 
hood is a period of great significance for both mother 
and daughter. To mother it seems but yesterday that 
she was the most adorable baby in all the world. 
Through the busy days of later childhood, and the dif- 
ficult, uncertain years of adolescence, she has ever had 
in the foreground of her thoughts, the well-being of her 
growing daughter. Now that she is a young lady there 
is a feeling — somewhat of relief, as if the difficulties are 
in the past; but mother, with the knowledge of life 
gained through the years, still feels that daughter needs 
mother's counsel and advice. To daughter it is a time 
of awakening consciousness of her own charms, her 
knowledge and efficiency, and of dreams and romance. 
How important it is at this point in a girl's life that she 
and her mother be pals ! 

There are many reasons why they should be com- 
panions, but also some why it is difficult to be. They 
should be pals because they need each other so much. 
Each needs the other in a special and different way, but 
Which needs the other the most would be hard to decide. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1937 

To be pals is to be partners, with equivalent responsi- 
bilities and advantages. This calls for the spirit of 
sacrifice on the part of both. Not all the work and self- 
denial for mother, and all the pleasure for daughter, but 
a sharing of both work and fun. 

One of the things which makes this pleasant relation- 
ship difficult is the difference in viewpoint of the young 
and old. It is small wonder that those of different ages 
see things differently. Love and consideration and a 
tolerant attitude toward differences of opinion — and so 
many of our differences are trifling — often prevents un- 
pleasantness. In fact it has aptly been said that what 
is needed is a saving sense of humor. Uncle Ezra of 
" Happy Hollow " is teaching us the value of humor. 
When things get too bad for words, his good-natured, 
infectious laughter becomes more effective than words 
could be. 

Mother must realize that her daughter is an adult, 
with the rights of an adult. If a spirit of authority has 
existed it must now give way to co-operation. Not 
authority, nor antagonism but co-operation is the road 
to pleasant human relationships at home and every- 
where. To have harmony each should be willing, not 
only to do her share, but more than her share. None 
of us ever experiences real joy and satisfaction in life 
until she is not only willing, but glad to do more than 
her share. If that is not true, then the words of Jesus 
are not true when he said, " It is more blessed to give 
than to receive." This unselfish attitude toward each 
other will make mother and daughter relationships very 
satisfying to them, and a lovely sight for others to be- 
hold ; yea, it not only will, but is doing so in many happy 
homes today. 

Most mothers are aware that theirs is the responsi- 
bility of providing suitable food for the physical de- 
velopment of their daughters, but their hunger for so- 
cial contacts is just as real and natural — so real that the 
daughter would often rather miss a good meal, than a 
social treat. Too often this duty of mothers is for- 
gotten or neglected. The ideal is for mother to take the 
lead in planning for the social life of her daughter, not 
waiting until something less desirable is planned by 
daughter, and then half unwillingly and reluctantly 
agreed to by mother. It may cost some time and money 
to let Mary or Sue entertain their friends in the home, 
but it may cost infinitely more in tears and heartaches, 
if they are left to find pleasure outside of the home, and 
without mother's direction. 

We are discussing two persons, mother and daughter. 
In the home there are usually others beside mother and 
daughter. What is mother's place in the home? Moth- 
er usually finds her place. It is a place of service for 
the comfort of others. She is the queen of the home. 
Her indispensable service enthrones her in the hearts 
of the other members of the home. If daughter finds 

her place, and is all that a grown-up daughter can be in 
the home, she is a princess indeed. She has learned by 
this time that there is a " great gulf fixed " — on the one 
side are the things that degrade and lower, on the other 
those that elevate and refine and bless, and so she has 
discarded the jazz and slang of adolescence, and she en- 
riches the home with the best in music and art and lit- 
erature. As I mention some of the adjectives that de- 
scribe the ideal grown-up daughter, I think you will 
agree that these are the things that you expect and often 
see in our lovely daughters. She is patient, kind, con- 
siderate, helpful, gracious, sympathetic, refined, unself- 
ish, industrious. These are the qualities I have often 
seen and admired and so have you. They make her 
price " far above rubies." 

Cloverdale, Va. 

Three Views of a Mother's Problem 


The year 1937 will be unusually interesting for me 
as a mother. The year now ending has seen to that! 
Our oldest daughter graduated from college last June, 
a month later was married and now lives in her new 
home. She entertained us all at Thanksgiving time 
and I found myself in her kitchen saying, " Now, what 
shall I do next?" It seemed strange; I'm used to go- 
ing ahead. But that's one of my lessons for 1937: 
Stand by to help when asked, but / mustn't tell her 
what to do any more. The fine young man she mar- 
ried is already one of us. I pray for wisdom in this 
new experience of my motherhood for 1937. 


"She was so small so short a time ago, 

She lay against my heart, a baby thing, 
And now I watch her lovely flush and glow 
Illumine her that only love can bring. 

"They told me I should feel hot, jealous pain 

When first she turned to other arms from mine. 
I have not found it so, not loss but gain 
It is for me she's found a thing so fine. 

"I love him with a strange and tender love, 

This tall, sweet boy whose laughing clear young eyes 
Saw dreams come true in her and sought to prove 
Her not a child, but woman, woman wise. 

"They love absorbed. I see her wholly his 
As he is hers until the end of time. 
And yet — and yet, I know that each one is 
In some sweet way wholly, deeply mine." 

Our . second daughter started to college this fall. 
We have grown very close these past four years while 
her sister was away at school. We do have so many 
interests and ideas in common. We miss her but are 
so thankful she can go, and letters are such comforting 
things. During her first vacation she brought me some 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1937 


of her problems, one especially. We talked it over 
very frankly and then she said : "I'm glad to know 
what you think and why. I am not sure though I will 
do as you would, for many things are different now 
and I must decide what is best for me." My best out 
of my experience plus her best as she faces the actual 
situation — yes, that is what I want for her in the com- 
ing year of her growth, even though her decisions may 
differ from mine. 

A Mother — to Her Daughter 

"I will not say to you: 'This is the way, walk in it.' 
For I do not know your way, or whence the Spirit may 

call you. 
It may be to paths I never trod, or ships on 
The sea leading to unimagined lands afar ; 
Or haply to a star! 
Or yet again 
Through dark and perilous places racked with pain and 

full of fear 
Your road may lead you: far from me or near, 
I can not guess or guide, but only stand aside. 
Just this I'll say: 

I know for very truth there is a way for each to walk 
A right for each to choose, a truth to use. 
And though you wander far, your soul will know that 

true path where you find it. 
Therefore go! 

I will fear nothing for you night or day: 
I will not grieve ill because your light is called by some 

new name! 
Truth is the same ! 

It matters nothing to call it star or sun, 
All light is one!" 

I have discovered that these daughters have had the 
lion's share of my time and companionship. With 
them gone, our son, fourteen, looms large around the 
house. He and his masculine interests are forced up- 
on my attention. He misses the girls too, and is start- 
ing to spend more time out with the fellows. For sev- 
eral years I have watched rather anxiously for this 
new phase of his life. He has been so happy evenings 
reading history with me, going over his Geographies or 
at his workbench in the basement. Now it is ping- 
pong in the neighbor's basement and, ah, me, a boys' 
select gang on our street, old shanty in the back yard, 
and all. He must be with these fellows. Surely I 
have taught him some fundamental things the past 
fourteen years. 

He fell heir to his sister's bedroom when she left. 
He moved in with joy. He came from school to find 
fresh curtains, a nice bedspread and everything spic 
and span. That evening I went in to find him study- 
ing on the bed — shoes and all ! He listened to my cries 
and instructions, and then said : " Where can a fel- 
low go to be comfortable, if not to his own room?" 
Where, indeed! So off came the bedspread and on 

went his khaki camp blanket. Popular Science, Geo- 
graphies, his microscope set are everywhere. The fin- 
ish on my dining room table is dimmed by ping-pong 
balls. I listen to details of games, experiments, auto- 
mobiles of various makes and models, and realize he 
is living a world different from mine. But 1937 must 
see our son feeling that his home is the most happy, 
comfortable place he knows, and his mother less ig- 
norant of things masculine. 

All three can button themselves up and wash their 
own faces now ! I've looked forward to that time. 
But each year brings new problems, and also another 
year's experience to help solve them. The new year 
will have its share. But the Great Source of wisdom, 
love, patience and understanding is still ready to aid 

Whether 37, 1037, or 1937, motherhood has always 
demanded these things, and He is ready to give. 

Royersford, Pa. 

How to Be a Real Mother 

Read at a District Meeting of Northern Illinois and Wisconsin 

Being a real mother implies a real home where such 
a mother is in her normal sphere. Such a mother and 
such a home will be Christian. 

The first qualification of a real mother is that she 
be a teacher. As a teacher she holds the key of the 
soul and stamps the coin of character. Training for 
life takes time. A thousand little impressions which 
bear daily upon the soul of the child make character. 
This is done by silent influences rather than by great 

The real mother teaches by example. Training must 
be linked with mother love and authority. School and 
church get the child too late for this task. We need a 
generation of new parents, for it does take two par- 
ents in this far-reaching training. Jochabed and Han- 
nah began early as did the mothers of reformers. It 
is not surprising that Moses, at maturity, " chose to 
suffer affliction with the people of God rather than to 
enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season." His mother 
had an early chance at his life and the world reaped a 
bountiful harvest. 

Susannah Wesley with her nineteen children had 
time to devote an hour every day to her children, and 
sent into the world a great preacher and a son who 
sang around the world. The mother of Gladstone was 
busy with her daily cares when one day, William of 
four years, came asking: " Mother, when I was whip- 
ping the turtle because it went so slowly I heard a 
voice say, ' That is wrong.' What was it that spoke 
to me?" Flis mother, seeing the opportunity, laid 
aside her work and taking her son upon her knee, said 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1937 

solemnly : " Some call it conscience, but I'd rather say 
it is the voice of God in the soul. If you will obey 
that voice it will make a great and good man of you." 
The tone of sincerity, the interest sympathetically 
shown by his mother, and the counsel she gave that 
day in an old kitchen, went far to make the grand old 
man of England, who never forgot the impression. He 
was honored in parliament and listened to by the na- 
tion when he spoke at ninety- four. 

When Moffatt sailed for Africa his mother said : 
'' Robert, promise me one thing." Robert said, " May- 
be it will be too hard to keep." " No," said his moth- 
er, " it will be easy to keep and it will help you in life." 
Robert promised. Then his mother asked that he read 
a chapter from the Bible and pray every day. That 
was the man who brought half a continent after him- 

Examples might be multiplied showing that the set 
of life is made as early as the third or fourth year. 
Parents are the saviors of each generation. But how 
few have adequate training for the trust! 

The real mother is always available to answer the 
many questions of a child. A liberal education might 
be given in properly guiding this natural instinct of in- 
quiry about the buzzing world into which the child has 
come. The criticism of much teaching is that it finds 
the child with this God-given instinct and then, forth- 
with, proceeds to stifle it with snubs, books and rules, 
or with false information which must be unlearned. 
The real mother, like Gladstone's will patiently help 
the child over difficulties and make him feel he is wel- 
come at the door of her heart. " Huh, I know all 
about that, 'cause my mother told me," said a boy of 
seven when vulgar talk was going on among some lit- 
tle folk on the street. 

The real mother will help children in their interests 
when company arrives — at play, in sharing, in com- 
mendations for things well done, for language well 
spoken. This is one of her ways of strengthening- 
confidences which are constructive in habit and char- 
acter formation. Nor will the real mother miss op- 
portunity for storytelling where imagination, infor- 
mation and ideals combine in training. At the table 
and at bedtime are favorable places for this. All chil- 
dren love stories when well told. And any one can 
learn the art by persistence. 

The real mother will not fail to discipline. Obedi- 
ence to law begins in the home. If children learn to 
lie, steal, or trample the rights of others in the home, 
they are in training to be lawbreakers in society. Dis- 
obedience to law in the home means breaking God's 
laws later in life. The child who finds it easiest to get 
the things it wants by lapse of rights in the home is on 
the same road as the banker who juggles his books to 
deceive creditors. 

David was a many-sided man, but he failed in dis- 
cipline, for we read that when David was old a son re- 
belled. This means that busy David had never dis- 
ciplined this son, but let the boy do as he pleased. 
Thus the nation as well as David paid dearly for neg- 

We need a new set of parents who know how to 
discipline. Spanking may not be good discipline, but 
more of it is needed. Nagging is not discipline. 
" Bring up children in the fear and admonition of the 
Lord." We might add: And go that way yourself. 
How pitiful to see a parent coaxing a child to be good, 
and making promises that sweets will be given ! 

" Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be 
joyous, but grievous: neverthless afterward it yield- 
eth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them 
which are exercised thereby (Heb. 12: 11). 

Discipline needs firmness that means what it says. 
Some years ago a daughter of Chicago fell into dis- 
grace as she went into the streets. She counted her- 
self unworthy of going back home. She became a vile 
woman. After several years of such living she 
chanced, at a late hour one cold night, to pass the old 
home. The impulse gripped her to try the doorknob. 
It opened. At the top of the stairs a lamp was lit. 
Her feet soon carried her up the stairway. To her 
right a bed was ready and warmed. She was soon 
soundly asleep to wake at the call and kisses of her 
own mother. She said, " Mother, it was lucky that the 
door was not locked last night." The mother said: 
" Every night since you left, that door has been un- 
locked, a lamp put at the head of the stairs, the bed 
warmed, and my prayers ascended. I knew you would 
come back." That prodigal daughter stayed with her 
mother and became an earnest Christian. 

A mother who disbelieved in whipping used to put 
Ruth upstairs till she could be good and would ask to 
come down. There in that room which was her prison 
she determined, " I'll never call !" Then she chanced 
to look at an old picture her grandma had dressed to 
represent the little girl who died. She said, to herself, 
" What if it had been my mother who had died ! Oh, 
what if I'd call and my mother would never answer!" 
She grew fearful. She wanted to call. She decided 
to be good long before she could summon enough cour- 
age to call mother. She called. Mothers always hear, 
you know. How passionately she loved mother there- 
after. Mother forgave and remembered her misdeeds 
no more. Such discipline made Ruth better. 

A real mother is a " keeper at home." She has more 
important duties than to be a gad-about, tattler, gos- 
siper. A real mother is a homemaker. The image of 
mother working, praying, pondering, hoeing, wearied, 
sewing, writing a letter, advising father, helping a 
poor cripple, feeding a beggar, bathing Ray's sore arm 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1937 


. . . these impressions persist in later life and furnish 
the moral and mental bank deposits upon which pos- 
terity draws. 

A real mother will be loving, patient, sympathetic, 
self-forgetful. She teaches most by what she is un- 
consciously. Orderliness is in her home, which is a 
rendezvous for all, especially for the weary. Her 
home is well environed. It is restful. All living, 
growing things are sweet tempered. She has faith in 
her children and trusts that they will make good as 
they leave home in the evening. She trusts them as 
they launch out upon life's sea for themselves. Her 
training has been such that they will be able to make 
proper contacts when she can not be with them. 

At the same time a real mother will always be so- 
licitous for the welfare of her children, and her anxie- 
ty will never abate. She has been giving her life for 
them. She has been no spendthrift, careless nor lazy. 
How can she ever fail her offspring? 

There are rewards for a real mother. " Give me a 
generation of Christian mothers," said Lord Salisbury, 
" and I will undertake to change the face of society in 
twelve months." 

"She always leaned to watch for us, 
Anxious if we were late, 
In winter by the window, 
In summer by the gate; 

"And though we mocked her tenderly, 
Who had such foolish care, 
The long way home would seem more safe, 
Because she waited there. 

"Her thoughts were all so full of us — 
She never could forget! 
And so I think that where she is, 
She must be watching yet, 

"Waiting till we come home to her, 
Anxious if we are late — 
Watching from heaven's window, 
Leaning from heaven's gate." 

New Paris, hid. 

Almost a Fairy Tale 


When I was a child, in Pennsylvania, they were at- 
tending a college near which I lived. I saw them 
often. He was one of the finest young men I knew, 
one of God's noblemen ; she as exquisitely beautiful, 
charming and good as any storybook princess. The 
man loved the lovely lady. They were married and 
lived happily ever after. This is a true story. 

The " living happily ever after " is the important 
part of this story. They have succeeded in rearing a 
family of ten children in a truly happy atmosphere. 
They and their children work hard, as the farm life of 

a large family not rich in worldly goods demands. But 
the cultivation of crops has never exceeded the cultiva- 
tion of personality. 

They go to church, they have family Bible reading 
and prayers. Preaching and teaching have been part 
of their life. But their religion has been merely be- 
gun in this formal way. Theirs is a religion of gen- 
uine living. All have learned to work together in un- 
selfish consideration of the others. 

The father rules not with an iron hand, but with a 
heart of love. Honesty, sincerity, tolerance, humor 
and affection form the scepter which has been held 
over his young subjects. 

The mother has been by his side radiating the joy 
that love, home and children have given her. Just past 
the half century mark, she is still young and lovely, 
loving and being loved even as more than thirty years 
ago, at the traditional end of her story. The princess 
of my childhood has become indeed a queen. 

Chicago, III. , ^ . 

Cupboard Love 


" Are her parents rich ?" When I announced my 
marriage, this was one of the first questions that I was 

" The birds love us, do they not ?" asked a little boy 
as he and a friend fed them from their hands. As soon 
as the crumbs were devoured, the birds took their 
flight. " Why do they go away ?" the boy inquired. 

" I am afraid they are cupboard friends," the other 

Honesty is the best policy, but how deep is our in- 
tegrity if the roots of honesty do not go beyond the 
maxim? If our devotion and service are only propelled 
by the promise that his seed shall not beg bread, how 
much or how great is our love ? When we get to heav- 
en, if we do, how great will be our joy in the supper 
of the Lamb, if our labor here has been because of the 
promised supper? When the church meets the bride, 
what will promote exultation, the bride or a coveted 
mansion furnished by the bride? 

The Christian life is a joyous life, a life of promise, 
and a life of peace and satisfaction. These are the 
crumbs in the hands of the Master. Our friendship to- 
wards Christ could be for the crumbs. Is it? Is he 
the drawing power in our lives, or are we looking for 
a seat of honor? Do we see the tragedy of a soul 
without God, or do we see heavenly mansions ? Our 
contribution to the kingdom will be greatly influenced 
by our vision. We know the prime factor of his sacri- 
fice of life. He knew the poverty of a soul apart from 
God. This led him to the cross. His love was not a 
cupboard love. Is ours? 

Forest Park, III. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1937 


Look for the Rainbow in the Rain 


Dedicated to Ellen and Elizabeth Wagoner 

When life's shadows gather round you, 
With their sorrow and their pain, 
Just remember, God still loves you, 
Look for the rainbow in the rain. 

He has sent the brilliant color, 
Filtering through the drops of rain, 
To proclaim his love and guidance; 
Look for the rainbow in the rain. 

Every life has days of darkness, 
When the heart seems crushed with pain, 
But he knows and shares your sorrow; 
Look for the rainbow in the rain. 

He has given human friendship; 
Human love is a great gain, 
And be sure he too is watching; 
Look for the rainbow in the rain. 

There's no day so dark and dreary, 
Though it may be pouring rain, 
But the sun is somewhere shining — 
Look for the rainbow in the rain. 

When Bob Gave God a Chance 

7. Waiting and Wondering 

Bob stayed close the day that the final operation took 
place. His very presence gave a new strength, a great- 
er courage and a deeper faith to young Philip. He re- 
mained at the hospital all the pain drenched week that 
followed. Philip urged his friend to go back to the 
ranch saying, " I can get along fine now, and we won't 
know whether I will be all right until I am strong 
enough to get out of bed, and that will be a couple of 
weeks yet.' 

So Bob went home and paced the floor so to speak. 
One week, two weeks, three weeks — and still the same, 
old reply, " He is getting along as well as could be ex- 
pected." The suspense was sapping Bob's energy. The 
evasive answers were aggravating. Every day he tele- 
phoned, until one day the voice over the wire said : 
" The operation was not successful." He quietly put 
the receiver on its hook and went outside. 

Several hours later, a group of young people from 
the Pleasant Valley church came by and begged him to 
go to the lake for a " swim." Listlessly, he got his suit 
and climbed wearily into the car. The water was cool 
and refreshing, but he was not aware of that. A mer- 
ciless refrain kept hammering through all of his being, 
"Not successful, not successful!" He swam with 
strong steady strokes until he became conscious that 
he was very tired. He started back towards the shore. 

An overwhelming temptation seized him. It would look 
like an accident. No one would know. And what was 
there to live for, anyway? Slowly he turned around 
and swam farther out into the lake. He would call 
pretty soon, but not too soon. Then, in front of him, he 
saw a pair of laughing brown eyes, saw again that ador- 
ing, trusting look. Heard Phil's voice saying, " I think 
you are the swellest, the nicest brother anybody could' 
have. I am not afraid 'cause I know that you are 
thinking about me and want nre to get well. ... I 
just know I'll be all right when you are here." A deep 
shame swept over Bob as he called for help. " I almost 
failed you today, little chap. You save my life. And 
I would have deserted you when you needed me the 
very most ! I will try to make it up to you." Thus 
his thoughts went on after his friends pulled him, ex- 
hausted and penitent, into the rowboat. 

Early the next morning Bob came into the kitchen 
where his mother was singing as she rolled out sugar 
cookies. " Mother, I wish you could do something to 
make me happy." 

" I wish I could, too, son," replied his mother. " I'd 
give everything I have if it would give you peace. Is 
there anything that I could do or say that would help?" 

' You have me all wrong. I don't mean — am I that 
bad? I thought that no one knew. I thought that I 
was hiding my real thoughts too cleverly. I'll admit I 
am restless. I want something — something that I lack. 
I don't think it's my arm so much. I just don't know 
what it is. But every day I awaken and that longing 
comes. I go about my work, hoping that I will find the 
answer to that unrest and depression, but — I am as far 
from it today as I was five months ago. What I in- 
tended to say, though, is : I want to have Phil out here 
for the summer. His mother and father are both dead, 
and he lives with an uncle who has seven children of 
his own and a tired, overworked wife. They do all 
they can for him, but — well — Phil likes me and I think 
he would love to stay out here and have you for a moth- 
er for awhile. He won't ever be able to walk. I feel 
that this is the least we can do to make that blow easier 
to bear. I won't be able to do all the caring for him and 
I hate to add to your work — -" 

"Shame on you, Robert Peter Rohwer!" exclaimed 
his mother. " Don't you know me better than that? Of 
course we will have him out here. Extra work, indeed ! 
It will be the nicest kind of summer I could possibly 
think of." Mrs. Mary Rohwer was indignation and re- 
proachfulness personified. 

" Good old mater," laughed Bob, " how was I to 
know? Summer is always a busy time, canning, gar- 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1937 


The Alabaster Box 


When Mary poured the precious nard 
Upon the Master's head and feet, 

Perhaps she little knew 

'Twould bathe his aching heart, 

Help heal the impending pain; 

Her overflowing love sought its release 

In the best gift she knew to give. 

And I have seen sad souls rejoice, 

And pain made sweet, 
Because some one out of a heart of love 

Poured precious ointment 
When 'twas needed most, 

Leaving a lasting fragrance rare, 
A sweet memorial uneffaced. 

Ludington, Mich. 

dening, cooking and doing housework. Phil is bedfast, 
or rather, he will have to stay just about in one spot 
and it will be extra work, I — " 

"There you go again. It may mean a little extra 
work, but it will mean a hundredfold return in the joy 
that I will have. He will be doing me a favor to let me 
do a little for him. It's too bad that he can't walk ; he's 
such a bright little fellow." 

" Yes, it is a rotten shame. Honestly, mother, why 
is there so much suffering and so many disappoint- 
ments in the world?" 

" I don't know, son. All we can do is try not to won- 
der too much, but have the faith and willingness to put 
ourselves and our problems into the keeping of our 
loving heavenly Father." 

" Well, Phil trusted. He's got the faith that could 
move mountains. Yet it hasn't done him any good." 

" You must not say that it has done him no good. We 
must not be the judges of that. There are many things 
that I can not understand, but I do believe the words 
of Paul, ' All things work together for good to them 
that love God.' " 

" Do you really think that losing my arm will help 
me ? Do you think that God thought that it had been a 
mistake to give me an arm in the first place? Really, 
mother, it doesn't make sense !" 

" Son, it does work," firmly, " if we love God and are 
trying to see God's will, all things do work for our 

" But mother ! Can't you see ! It hasn't worked 
with me, has it?" 

" Robert," Mary had been looking earnestly, lovingly 
into her son's troubled eyes. Suddenly she turned back 
to her cookies, and rolled out another batch before she 
answered his question. " That is one of the things I 
have grieved about. I wanted you to have both arms. 

I can't understand, so I am just trusting that good will 
come from it." Bob sighed and nibbled half-heartedly 
on a cooky. Mary took a deep breath and plunged to 
the heart of the question that had been bothering her 
since Bob's first year at college. Try as she did, she 
could not keep the tremble from her voice. " Have vou 
truly put God first in your life? Do you love him 
more than anything or anyone else ?" 

Bob gave a start and pulled his mother around so he 
could look into her eyes and saw that tears were very 
near the surface. He answered slowly, honestly, " I — 
I think I do. You know that I have sung in the choir 
and the church quartet for years. I always pledge a 
tenth, and I have my boy's club. Surely — what greater 
proof would you want ? Whatever made you think that 
I— don't love— God?" 

" I know you do those things, dear boy, but — you are 
so restless, so unhappy, and Christ's gift to us is peace. 
He gives us the strength to bear our sorrows and dis- 

" I know. But mother !" Unhappily, his eyes begged 
her to understand him. Bob continued huskily : 
" Wouldn't you be all that you say I am if — if your 
hopes were all suddenly shot? Just think what it 
means, never be a doctor, never play the violin, never, 
never ! I thought you would understand." With a 
choked sob he ran out of the room and out to the 

Mary watched her boy through a blur of tears. She 
saw him stoop and pick up Wags, his collie pup, who 
had been sleeping in the doorway of the garage. Pres- 
ently she heard the motor of the big truck, and watched 
him, with Wags on the seat beside him, drive down the 
road towards town. It was a relief to know that he 
could work off some of that pent-Up distress. 

Brewster, Wash. 

A Brighter Side 


Here is a verse for these uncertain days and for 
those who say they see nothing bright ahead of them : 
"The habit of looking at the bright side of things is 
worth more than a thousand a year." 

Rather a strong statement to make, you say. Can 
you prove it? Yes, I can prove it in one law of life, for 
I know that if worry about the future is persisted in it 
will in time cause illness, and illness means expense to 
a greater or lesser degree. But if a hopeful outlook, 
sustained by strong faith in God is maintained, illness 
may not come and thus not a thousand perhaps, but 
much will be saved in a year. Try it and see — not in 
your own strength, however, but in that of the great 
Helper who " is not far from any one of us." 

Harrisburg, Pa. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1937 


Calendar for Sunday, January 3 

The Sunday-school Lesson Topics listed are those of the Inter- 
national Uniform Lessons, copyrighted by the International Council 
of Religious Education, and used by permission. 

Sunday-school Lesson, The Son of God Becomes Man. — 

John 1 : 1-18. 

Christian Workers, Beginning With God. 

B. Y. P. D., Consider Africa. 

Intermediate, African Bridge Builders. 

Gains for the Kingdom 

Two baptisms in North Bend church, Ohio. 

Ten baptisms in Trotwood church, Ohio, Bro. E. R. Fish- 
er, pastor-evangelist. 

Five baptisms in Tyrone church, Pa., Bro. John R. Sny- 
der, pastor-evangelist 

Nine baptized in Pine Glen church, Pa., Bro. C. L. Cox 
of Claysburg, Pa., evangelist. 

Two baptisms in Bethany church, Ind., Bro. Canfield and 
wife of Plymouth, Ind., evangelists. 

Twelve baptisms in New Carlisle church, Ohio, Bro. Per- 
ry Prather of Dayton, Ohio, evangelist. 

Four baptisms in West Conestoga church, Pa., Bro. 
David Snader of Akron, Pa., evangelist. 

Seventeen baptisms in Mexico church, Ind., Bro. J. Ed- 
win Jarboe of Syracuse, Ind., evangelist. 

Fourteen baptisms in Union Center church, Ind., Bro. L. 
U. Kreider of Blue River church, evangelist. 

Six baptized and two reclaimed in Blissville church, Ind., 
Bro. Noah Miller of Bourbon, Ind., evangelist. 

Eighteen baptisms in Skippack house, Mingo church, Pa., 
Bro. Clayton Gehman of Stevens, Pa., evangelist. 

Eight baptized at Marshalltown, Iowa, Brother and Sis- 
ter B. M. Rollins of Keyser, W. Va., evangelists. 

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ 

Our Evangelists 

Will you share the burden which these laborers carry? Will you pray 
for the success of these meetings? 

Bro. A. P. Musselman of Lima, Ohio, Jan. 7 in Defiance 
church, Ohio. 

Brother and Sister B. M. Rollins of Keyser, W. Va., Jan. 
10 in the Ames church, Okla. 

Jk JU •& A 

■V v V V 

Personal Mention 

Southern Indiana has selected Eld. W. J. Heisey as 
Standing Committee delegate to the Nampa Conference, 
with Eld. O. D. Werking as alternate. 

Vice Chairman Ross D. Murphy represented the Pas- 
tors' Association at the meeting of the Committee on Legal 
Counsel for Conscientious Objectors. Other ex-officio 
members are M. R. Zigler for the Board of Christian Edu- 
cation, C. Ray Keim for the Peace Commission, Dan West 
for the Young People's Work. 

To Bro. J. A. Bricker and wife of Philadelphia, hearty 
congratulations. On the day before Christmas they cele- 
brated the fifty-eighth anniversary of their marriage. 
There's a lot of conjugal faithfulness and healthy home life 
in the world yet. And on Oct. 27 last Bro. Bricker com- 
pleted fifty-three years in the ministry. 

Other school men than those named elsewhere were seen 
making contacts with the C. O. Committee— Dan called it 
that for short. They were probably seeking light on their 
duties as regional advisers. We refer to Professors H. H. 
Nye, L. W. Shultz and C. Ernest Davis of Juniata, Man- 
chester and McPherson, respectively. 

Prof. E. S. Kiracofe of Elizabethtown College is not a 
frequent visitor at the Messenger offices. Unless our 
memory is at fault his last week's call was his first. He is 
one of a group of regional advisers on military service 
problems which the committee mentioned in another item 
is setting up in accordance with Conference instructions. 
The committee is attacking its task in earnest. 

Bro. Rufus D. Bowman's call on Tuesday morning, Dec. 
22, was a complete surprise to us, but that was because we 
had not known of the meeting of the Committee on Legal 
Counsel for Conscientious Objectors. That information at 
once threw light on the fact that Bro. Paul H. Bowman 
had already been seen in the office of Brother Bonsack. 
This committee was created by the Winona Lake Confer- 
ence of 1935. In the troubled world situation of today it 
finds many problems commanding its attention. 

" Words can not express," writes Sister Miller, surviving 
companion of our departed Bro. A. B. Miller, " our grati- 
tude for your interest in us during the past year, through 
Bro. Miller's illness and his going home. Your letters, ' get 
well' cards and Messenger notations were a source of joy 
and inspiration to him and me. Since his going I have felt 
strength and courage from your prayers and words of com- 
fort. We thank you." The reader will please under- 
stand that the foregoing note was addressed not to the 
Messenger alone but "To our Messenger friends." 

In This Women's Number 

Editorial — 

Daily Devotions (C. N. E.) 2 

Better Than Gold (E. F.) 3 

God Is Christ's Father and Ours (E. F.) 3 

Constitutions for Families (H. A. B.) 3 

Children of All Ages Are Made (E. F.) 4 

Kingdom Gleanings 16, 17 

The General Forum— 

The Woman of Samaria (Verse). By Clara Michael Shull 5 

One Happy Home. By Mrs. A. C. Wieand 5 

A Tribute to a Happy Christian Home. By Clara Michael Shull 5 

A Home Worth Knowing. By Florence M. Bollinger 6 

Little Homes Across the Sea. By Mrs. Eva Bowman 7 

Being a Mother in 1937. By Mrs. O. C. Frantz 9 

Mother and Her Young Lady Daughter. By Mrs. C. W. Kinzie 9 

Three Views of a Mother's Problem. By Mrs. Q. A. Holsopple 10 

How to Be a Real Mother. By Mrs. Ezra Flory 11 

Almost a Fairy Tale. By Sarah Beahm Miller 13 

Cupboard Love. By Clarence B. Fike 13 

Home and Family — 

Look for the Rainbow in the Rain (Verse). By Mrs. Ella Smith 

Nevin 14 

When Bob Gave God a Chance.— No. 7. By Eleanor R. Freese 14 

A Bright Side. By Julia Graydon 15 

Our Mission Work — 

Maple Leaf Cottage Whispers. By Mrs. E. G. Hoff 18 

What to Pray For. By W. Harlan Smith 19 

The Life of Ralph Townsend. By Lawson Smith 19 

Congo Crosses • 20 

News From the Field. By V. Grace Clapper 20 

The Church at Work— 

1937 and Its Possibilities; Get-Together Dinner, Washington City; 
They Ought to Be Interested; Developing Healthy Christian Atti- 
tudes; History of Our Missions 21,22 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1937 


Miscellaneous Items 

A most interesting picture is that which the reader will 
find on page 24. Do you wonder what Sister Susanna 
Foutz is reading? From all that we are able to put to- 
gether we are morally certain it is The Gospel Messenger 
for July 30, 1932. 

The Pomona, Calif., Church of the Brethren suffered 
serious loss by fire Sunday morning, Dec. 13. " The roof 
and attic of the church were practically destroyed, and oth- 
er parts of the building damaged." It is believed the fire 
started from a gas heater with a leaky connection. 

Readers who have noted that for some time the pictures 
of missionaries have been used in the What to Pray For 
column, may wonder why no pictures were used this week. 
The explanation is the simple one that the halftones had 
been loaned and were not returned in time for this use. 

Down to the mailing room to confer with the foreman 
on how many copies of this Women's Number of the Mes- 
senger to print, we found Bro. Warren Ziegler wrapping 
up a copy of the new book by Dr. D. W. Kurtz. We refer 
to The Gospel of Jesus. "How are the new books going?" 
we asked. " This is the sixth in a row," was the reply, 
meaning that a copy had been included in each of the last 
half dozen orders filled. Are you ordering The Gospel of 
Jesus with your Messenger? You get this $1.50 book for 
75c additional with a year's subscription to The Gospel 

♦$► 4$» <$> ♦♦. 

Our Bookshelf 

Book reviews for this column are prepared by J. E. Miller, Literary 
Editor for the Brethren Publishing House. Any book reviewed in 
these columns, and any others you wish to order, may be purchased 
through the Brethren Publishing House, Elgin, 111. — Ed. 

Victorious Living, by E. Stanley Jones. The Abingdon 
Press. 380 pages. $2.00. 

A devotional book that is different. The author says : 
" I have tried to meet three needs : " (1) A book of daily 
devotions for personal, group and family devotions. . . . 
(2) I have gathered these daily studies into groups of sev- 
en, so that the book can be used as a weekly study book 
by classes of various kinds. (3) I have tried to put the 
subject matter into such a continuous whole that it may be 
read through as an ordinary book." But you will never 
know how well he has accomplished his three aims until 
you use the book yourself. 

Seldom is the author satisfied with only one Bible pas- 
sage. Related passages are cited. This appeals especially 
to those families and groups that use more than one Bible 
in their devotions and Bible study. Thus even the children 
may be taught the use of the Bible. This gives the Bible 
the place it deserves in daily living. 

The comments and illustrations are timely and pointed. 
Always the plea is for the full and complete life and its 
cultivation through daily devotions. Not only life but the 
victorious life that may be the Christian's is emphasized. 

Young people's groups can well afford to make this book 
the basis of a year's study. It will reveal to them not only 
many of the great truths of the Bible and their application 
to present-day problems, but it will help them to see what 
has made E. Stanley Jones the force that he is in the 
world today. Then, too, they will be led into richer ex- 
periences of daily living the Christ life. Older groups will 
have a similar experience if they follow the book from 
day to day. 

News and Views Around the World 

Frau Harrand of Austria says: " The way to make peace 
is not to oppress the defeated, but to beg the defeated for 
their co-operation in building a better world." 

" If increased wages and profits are to absorb the savings 
which the engineer produces through his labor saving de- 
vices, . . . and there is not a reduction of price, which 
is essential to increasing consumption," then we will surely 
have another collapse, thinks former President Hoover. 

The Committee on Civic Affairs of Washington, D. C, 
federation of churches, representing approximately 125 
churches in the city, has forwarded a resolution of protest 
to Admiral Cary T. Grayson against a military parade as 
part of the proposed inauguration ceremonies of President 
Roosevelt on Jan. 20. 

" If one is to enjoy traveling in the United States it 
would be better to go afoot, as did Audubon, or John Muir, 
or even Appleseed Johnny. It would be a good idea to 
keep away from crowds and sit down by the roadside with 
some long-nosed, humorous fellow and learn something 
about the countryside." 

" About a million and a quarter people have attended 
meetings addressed by the missioners. In addition to this, 
hundreds of thousands have attended two-day, one-day and 
eight-day Preaching Missions, which have followed the 
visits of the National Preaching Mission group. Probably 
two million people have been present all told." 

" New York. Dec. 18. — (Special.) — A man smoked a 
cigarette in bed and five persons — three women, a man and 
a baby — lost their lives early today in a fire that mush- 
roomed through the upper floors of a four-story brown- 
stone rooming house at West 73rd Street and West End 
Avenue." The foolish smoker is being held on a charge of 
second degree manslaughter. 

" After having faced the challenge of science for so many 
years, Christianity now faces a new problem in philosophy, 
from which has come its main support in the past. A 
growth of secularism developed by the introduction of hu- 
manism is attacking the very precepts of Christianity. 
There is today a great need for it to re-examine itself, gird 
its loins and face this new challenge with strength." 

A continued sharp increase in enrollment in 593 approved 
universities and colleges in the United States is reported 
by statistically minded President Raymond Walters of the 
University of Cincinnati. According to his annual report 
full-time students have increased 6.5%, grand total enroll- 
ment 7.3%. "The 593 institutions reported 746,224 full- 
time students and a grand total, including part time and 
summer school registration of 1,140,786 resident students." 

" The features of the nine-point Federal Council of 
Churches peace program may be summarized as: The 
further implementation of the good neighbor policy; the 
exercise of moderation in respect to our military estab- 
lishment ; the acceptance of membership in the World 
Court; the extension of the existing neutrality legislation to 
include an embargo on basic war materials to nations resort- 
ing to war; work to secure national and international control 
of the arms traffic; further extension of the administra- 
tion's program of trade agreements; clarification of the 
fact that our armed forces are not to be employed for the 
protection of the material interests of American nationals 
in other lands; steps to insure the improvement of Ameri- 
can-Japanese relations and the restoration of a treaty 
structure for the Pacific ; and placing upon a strictly vol- 
untary basis all military training in civil colleges and uni- 
versities together with the elimination of all military train- 
ing in high schools. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1937 


Maple Leaf Cottage Whispers 


Maple Leaf Cottage was one among many fring- 
ing the blue waters of Lake Geneva at Conference 
Point. The cottage was in readiness, a well used cot 
here, one there, both dressed in clean linens. The ap- 
proach was by way of a winding trail, a flight of steps, 
and a porch which boasted a table with two empty 
chairs. But the view was enchanting. The hovering 
trees were of oak through which filtered sunshine and 
rain alternately. There was the blue sky with fleecy 
cloud ships. There was the blue lake flecked with 
white sailboats by day, and dark shimmering moon- 
beams- by night. 

The cottage came to life when Miss Besshunter 
Robinson, National Director of Adult Work in the 
African M. E. Zion church, was assigned here to lodge 
during the Adult Conference of the International 
Council of Religious Education last August. 

The cottage took on more life when Miss Anetta 
Mow, National Executive Secretary of Women's 
Work, and a former missionary to India, ascended the 
steps to become the other inmate. 

Anetta had had time for reflection during the few 
moments she followed the winding trail from the reg- 
istrar's office to the cottage. Expectancy, that gleam 
of hope going on before, had been raised to a high 
degree. Had not the registrar asked, " Are you Miss 
Mow ?" and " I would like to ask you a question. 
Would you be willing to room with a Negro room- 
mate? I was told you would. Miss Robinson is a 
very fine girl, educated, cultured and above all a 

Anetta's steps lagged a bit, so intent was she on 
solving this mystery. How had they known of her 
and that she had no race prejudice? Could it be true 
there were women, loving Christ, leaders of adults, 
who recoiled from such an experience? A reality of 
course. But again her steps quickened in anticipation 
of the joy that lay before her. 

The cottage became animated, began to whisper 
when these two vivacious, spirited Christian women 
stood face to face, the one fairskinned as the light 
filtering through the trees by day, the other dark as 
the. moonbeams by night. 

Kindred spirits met that day. A new friendship, 
rich and abiding, resulted from the fusion of these 
personalities from the two races. The cottage con- 
tinued to whisper when sleep was upon the threshold 
and at break of day in waking moments. Experiences 
and aspirations were shared by these two. Life's pat- 
terns were traced the one for the other. 

Miss Besshunter Robinson and Miss Anetta MoV> 

Miss Mow realized more and more the honor which 
was hers. She found in Miss Robinson a charming 
personality. Her dress and personal appearance gave 
her distinction. The dark tresses of her hair were 
coiled by a silken braid about her head. Her face, too, 
attracted and held the attention and well it might for 
Negro, Arabian, Indian, and American blood flows in 
her veins. 

Her accomplishments became known early in the 
conference through group discussions and through her 
musical ability. It was whispered in the cottage that 
she had studied music ever since she was a little girl 
and that her father was likewise a lover of music, hav- 
ing led both colored and white bands in Harrisburg, 
Pa. Her mother, too, has held high ideals for her 
daughter and would take nothing less than the best for 

The two were constant companions eating together, 
and in passing to and fro. " I am glad you were will- 
ing to room with her," one woman complimented Miss 
Mow. " I'm not so sure I could have consented," 
confessed another. " Race prejudice is the outward 
evidence of inward spiritual crudity," quoted the 
whispering Mapel Leaf Cottage. 

There is a sequel to this little story from real life. 
Because of the friendship between these two Miss 
Robinson became an instructor in our young people's 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1937 


camp in Lewiston, Illinois, and later at Pine Lake, 
Iowa, helping in interpretation of Negro music and an 
understanding of her race as well. The young people 
honored her too, this daughter in whose veins flows 
the same blood as in those who bear Congo Crosses 

Elgin, III. ^ 

The Golden Bowl of Life Yet Unbroken 

A good brother in the west, who has contributed gen- 
erously to missions through his lifetime, sends $65, and 
in his letter he writes : " My triple handicap of an ab- 
normal heart, deafness and almost total blindness has 
slowed my pace very much in the last year. I will soon 
round out eighty-five years of service and if I can carry 
on until that date, I may be tempted to suffer an opera- 
tion rather than to go totally blind. I am thankful for 
the little I can yet see and hear, and trust the Lord for 
the future." ^^^ 

What to Pray For 


Week of January 2-9 

Missionaries are greatly encouraged and strength- 
ened when they know that, the home folks are thinking 
about them and their work. They are more than ever 
bouyed up by the prayers of co-workers in the home 
church. This week we are especially remembering 
Brother and Sister E. L. Ikenberry, who are repre- 
senting us on the China mission field. Their light has 
been shining out over two large counties from their 
home in Ping Ting Hsien, the first mission station 
opened in China over twenty-five years ago. There 
are now more than 1,200 Chinese Christians in these 
two counties. Most of these are first generation Chris- 
tians. There are, however, a few splendid second gen- 
eration Christians among the young people of these 
1,200 members. 

Brother and Sister Ikenberry are vitally interested 
in these young people and their spiritual growth, for 
until about a year ago their work was almost entirely 
with young people. Through music and social activi- 
ties they are doing much to keep these young people 
interested in the church and its activities. These two 
workers are also concerned about the church life and 
spirit of these 1,200 members in another way. They 
have a vision of these folks being organized into a 
number of church and fellowship groups, self-support- 
ing, self-governing and full of evangelistic zeal — in 
other words, Chinese indigenous churches. 

This vision can not be made a reality without much 
patience, hard work, perseverance and even some 
anxiety. For these Christian folks are good in their 
way, but are woefully lacking in Biblical knowledge 
and co-operative spirit. Their worship has been most 

formal and individualistic for many generations. 
These things and the low economic plane on which 
most of them live, make the building up of a self- 
going Chinese church a most difficult task. Brother 
and Sister Ikenberry and their co-workers crave your 
interest and prayers as they labor at these tasks. 
On Furlough. 

The Life of Ralph Townsend 

Although I can not hope to acquaint you with Bro. Town- 
send in this brief biographical sketch as well as if you had 
known and lived with him all your lives, yet I may be able 
to give you an impression similar 
to the one you would receive 
should you be fortunate in meet- 
ing him on 6ome occasion. 

Bro. Townsend was born in the 
small rural community of Wood- 
land, Mich., where he received his 
elementary education. He is the 
second son of Otto C. and Kathryn 
Townsend of Woodland, Mich. He 
has an older brother, Garnet, who 
is attending Western State Teach- 
ers' College at Kalamazoo, and a 
younger brother, Franklin, who is 
still in high school at Woodland. Ralph, born on Feb. 3, 
1914, early expressed his desire to live on the side of truth 
and righteousness by affiliating himself with the Church 
of the Brethren, the Y. M. C. A. and other similar organi- 
zations during his grade school years. 

When the first Y. M. C. A. was organized in our town- 
ship school Ralph took an active part in the organization 
and often helped out by leading discussions in the various 
groups. After discussions were over everyone went to the 
gymnasium to play, and no one played more earnestly than 
did Ralph. Persistent studying and wholehearted participa- 
tion in all kinds of athletic endeavor were the things which 
took up most of his time in his grade and high school edu- 
cation. During the summers he worked on his father's 
farm where he developed a strong body and an attachment 
for all types of outdoor work and recreation. 

When it came time for him to decide about his future, he 
did the thing which is so characteristic of his very nature. 
He did not jump at hasty conclusions, but carefully studied 
the advantages offered by the various colleges and uni- 
versities of the country. He finally decided that North 
Manchester would help him more toward his ideals and 
goal of living than any other school, so he chose Man- 
chester. Here, as in high school, his persistency in his 
studies and his teamwork in all kinds of athletics soon won 
him favor and respect among his fellow students and with 
the faculty members. Aside from the time he spent in 
these activities he worked for the greater share of his ex- 
penses while attending college. 

During the summer of 1934 " Dad " Angel, Barry County 
Y. M. C. A. secretary, chose Ralph to lead a group of inter- 
mediate boys at Camp Barry on Pine Lake. During the 
summer of 1935 he was sent to Lake Geneva in Wisconsin 
as a delegate from Manchester College. Here Ralph met 
several prominent men in national affairs who helped to 
further substantiate the beliefs he had already taken on 
questions of major importance. He also had the privilege 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1937 

of being a delegate from Manchester College during a 
Christmas and New Year's vacation, attending the Student 
Volunteer Convention at Indianapolis. These conventions 
all helped to formulate new ideas and confirm old ones 
along the lines of Christian endeavor. 

The last year of his college career was a busy one. Along 
with his college activities he led the college chapter of the 
Y. M. C. A. as president in a successful campaign to make 
the organization mean more to the average student attend- 
ing Manchester. Ralph graduated from Manchester Col- 
lege with a major in mathematics, and minors in physical 
education and chemistry. 

He received a position at Rock Creek, Indiana, as soon 
as he had graduated from college. Recently, however, Mr. 
Townsend was appointed by the Church of the Brethren to 
teach mathematics and physical education at the Wood- 
stock school for missionaries' children at Landour, Mus- 
soorie, United Provinces, India. This school is supported 
by eight or nine co-operating missions in India. His future 
school is located high up in the Himalayan mountain range. 
The climate is ideal and the scenery is most beautiful. 

All of our best wishes go with Ralph for the continued 
success of his work. Here is a man-sized task and here 
is a real man for the job. Although we regret to see him 
leave us, we can not help rejoicing in his good fortune. 
Here is a man who has unflinchingly stood for the Christ- 
like life. 

Woodland, Mich. 

Congo Crosses 

Missionary Societies studying Congo Crosses will find here the 
outline of the second chapter of the book. This outline is given in 
brief, but a much fuller one may be secured by ordering PROGRAM 
OUTLINES based on Congo Crosses, 10 cents. Also many helpful 
suggestions may be had by using the HOW TO USE, price 15 cents. 
Congo Crosses, 50c; Program Outlines, 10c; and How to Use, 15c 
may all be secured from the General Mission Board, Elgin, 111. 

Program 2 

CHAPTER II. The Cross Upon the Land. 
WORSHIP THEME: The Black Man's Trails. 
HYMN: O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee. 
" I slept, I dreamed, I seemed to climb a hard ascending 
And just behind me labored one whose face was black. 
I pitied him, but hour by hour he gained upon my path, 
He stood beside me, stood upright, and then I turned in 

' Go back,' I cried. ' What right have you to stand be- 
side me here?' 
I paused, struck dumb with fear, for lo ! the black man 

was not there — 
But Christ stood in his place, 
And oh ! the pain, the pain, the pain that looked from 

that dear face." — Author unknown. 
SPIRITUAL: Duet, "Nobody Knows De Trouble I've 

SCRIPTURE: Acts 8: 26-39. The Trail of the Ethi- 

PRAYER : Give us eyes to see the sorrow and need, and 
our opportunities for service. Give us understanding minds 
that we may enter into the experiences of others. Help us 
to be just as willing to minister to the black people of 
America whom we have seen as to the black people of 
Africa whom we have not seen. 

CHAPTER OUTLINE. In this chapter endeavor to dis- 
cover the white man's responsibility in Africa. 

1. Past Crosses, pages 53-55. 

Political despotism (use map). 

At close of this chapter outline see notes on slavery and 
division of Africa among the European powers. 

2. Passing Crosses, pages 56-58. 
Geographical barriers. 
Language barriers. 
Sorcery and witchcraft. 

Note. We had witchcraft in this country after Harvard 
College was started. 

The poison cup. 

Note. In connection with this topic use the story, " Ar- 
row John's Return." See page of suggestions for in- 

Epidemic diseases. 

Note. The Rockfeller Foundation gave two million dol- 
lars toward the building and equipment of a tropical 
school of medicine in London ; and in Nigeria, near 
Lagos, is a little settlement of their research workers. 

Ignorance and superstition. 

3. Present Crosses, pages 70, 73, 79. 

Pests and plagues. 

4. Future Crosses, pages 81-85. 
Race relations. 


The Roman church. 

5. Development of Protestant missions. 

List the benefits and hindrances which have come to 
Africa since European occupation. 

List results of what slavery has done to the Negro. 

Appoint various members to make a survey of their 

communities regarding the place of Negroes and to report 

on the work done by their own church in behalf of the 


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News From the Field 

Show Yang 

Our New Elder 

Pastor Yin of Ping Ting Chow, who is our elder in the 
absence of Bro. Smith, has been with us for ten days, as- 
sisting Pastor Chao in his pastoral duties. While here he 
also conducted an evening Bible class for Christians and 
enquirers, which was very much appreciated. On the Sun- 
day following these meetings five men and one woman 
were received into the church by baptism. In the evening 
a communion service was held at which Bro. Yin officiated. 
There were about forty-five communicants. 
Bible School for Women 

The Short Term Bible School for Women opened last 
week, with an enrollment of fifteen, and a few more have 
promised to come. It is very difficult for Christian young 
women to get away from their non-Christian homes for 
religious instruction, because the parents or parents-in-law 
see no need for such instruction, and because it costs a bit 
more to keep them in school than it does in the home, even 
though they bring their own flour and grain. " Getting 
over the days " is a big problem in China, and many " rice 
Christians " is the result of the church's effort to solve 
this problem for them. On the other hand, dare we say, 
" Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled," without helping 
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1937 and Its Possibilities 

Women's Work and its place in the program of the 
church needs no explanation or apology, for in most places 
it is taken for granted if not assumed indispensable. There 
are, however, some very definite goals for which we must 
strive with diligence in order to maintain the measure of 
success realized during past years. 

Let us consider that which lies immediately ahead. Dur- 
ing this month, January, and during the month of Feb- 
ruary, it will be necessary to send to the mission treasurer 
at least $8,000 in order to meet our pledge of $15,000 to 
support the work among the girls and women of India, 
China and Africa. 

You have been saving this money during the year. Send 
it in immediately, and if you have already sent your gifts, 
seriously consider sending another gift. What we give 
makes it that much more nearly possible to reach our Con- 
ference Budget goal. If we do not reach this goal as a 
church we will not be able to continue the work we are 
now supporting and much less to strengthen the work in 
places where it so badly needs strengthening. Each local 
church group of women should send something to Elgin 
during January toward the support of the Women's Work 
of our foreign fields. 

If we could average from $15 to $25 a year from each 
church there would be sufficient and to spare, but some 
groups can not or will not give that much, so some of the 
rest of us must give $50 or $100. Let us do it now by 
making a sacrifice offering if need be. 

I have these suggestions to offer: 

1. 5,000 women who read the Messenger to send a dollar 
or more each. 

2. 1,000 women to solicit gifts from other individual wom- 
en — especially those who are not now interested in, or giv- 
ing to the missionary program of the church. If there 
were one such woman in each church the needed funds 
would not only be raised but the Women's Work program 
of that church would be inspired anew. 

3. May each organization of the women — Bible class, 
Aid, Missionary Society, mothers' group or what not, send 
its gift properly designated at once. 

4. Now of course the only reason for giving is because 
we believe in the cause and if we are to inspire faith in 
the missionary program of our church we ourselves must 
be missionary minded and missionary spirited. If we 
would create in others the same interest we must inspire a 
like enthusiasm. All of this requires a constructive pro- 
gram of education. We must have a burning desire that 
all people everywhere may know Jesus Christ unto the sal- 
vation of their souls. So whatever we do in any of our 
organizations, whether it be educational or the raising of 
funds, it must be based upon the following threefold as- 
sumption or foundation : (a) To bring folk everywhere to 
a personal and saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, (b) to 
develop Christian character and conduct, (c) to encourage 
service within the kingdom of God. 

To this end then may we promote missionary education, 
the Christ spirit of goodwill and peace with all men, the 
establishing of Christian ideals in the home, the com- 
munity and throughout the world. 

5. To realize these general ideals will necessitate a very 

definite and specific program for each local group of 

(a) First of all there should be one woman who will con- 
secrate herself to the task of studying the program and 
needs of the church and how the women may carry for- 
ward that program and help to meet its needs. 

(b) Present our own program to the group by means of 
the many helps offered through the Messenger and else- 
where. Send to our director at Elgin, Anetta Mow, for 
suggestions and helps. 

(c) Acquaint the women as well as the entire church 
with our projects abroad and at home. Learn to know our 
own missionaries and church leaders personally — have 
them come into your church whenever possible. Your 
church is something to be honestly and righteously proud 
of — do not apologize for it. Make it worthy of the com- 
mendation of our Lord and Master by carrying out his 
great commission, Matt. 28: 19 and 20, "Teaching them to 
observe all things." 

(d) Emphasize organization less and program and serv- 
ice more. With a good woman as director, study the needs 
of your group and organize accordingly. This organization 
may be very simple or more complex according to your 
peculiar needs and circumstances. But in any event it 
should always be active in the work of the kingdom of 
God. When you need help for any particular organization 
or phase of work consult your district officers or the na- 
tional office at Elgin. Remember always that the field is 
right where you are and that you are ordained of God to 
work in that field if you are a disciple of Jesus Christ. 

May we then at the beginning of this new year reverent- 
ly look back over the years with pride and respect for the 
accomplishments of those consecrated souls — our mothers 
and grandmothers — and in so doing dedicate ourselves 
anew to the task that is ours and inspire a desire in others 
toward future service. To this end may the Lord bless us 
throughout the year of 1937. 

A Brief Word to the Younger Women 

I have always felt that the younger women and girls arc 
a very vital part of the Women's Work of the church. We 
can not hope to maintain the high ideals of Christian wom- 
anhood for which we strive unless these ideals take root in 
the girlhood of our church. And so we solicit your interest 
and help in planning a program of spiritual enrichment and 
service for Christian womanhood. You will function 
through your own department but there is much in the 
way of constructive effort that you may even now con- 
tribute to the adult program. 

Will you especially help us as we place a renewed em- 
phasis upon the Christian home, social purity, right rela- 
tionships and understanding between parents and between 
parents and children? Without your co-operation here, 
both in your present and future relationship to the prob- 
lem, there is little any of us can do. 

And then in the fields of temperance and peace we are 
looking to you for leadership. Will you not make use of 
every opportunity to develop and exercise that leadership? 
Great things will be demanded of you during the next 
quarter of a century. To meet these demands you will 
need to be free from the debauching influences of alcohol, 
tobacco, drugs and social impurities. Ask us to help you 
in such battles as these. 

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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1937 

forward the great missionary program of the church. 
There are great opportunities for Christian service ahead ; 
who knows but that for just such a day as this,' in the great 
plan of God, our church was born ! 

May we all together — young women and men and the 
adults — strive to keep our church and ourselves pure and 
holy unto his appearing. — Mrs. Ross D. Murphy. 


Get-together Dinner Washington City 

The Washington City men had their fall get-together 
dinner on Sept. IS, with an attendance of fifty-four. Good 
food was well blended with a good time. This dinner is 
always used to lay the final plans for the year, preparatory 
to their approval by the pastor, and their adoption formal- 
ly in business session. On this occasion the pastor, Rufus 
D. Bowman, made an unusually fine and fitting talk on the 
subject, "What Is a Gentleman?" 


They Ought to Be Interested 

Teachers and leaders of intermediates sometimes feel 
that boys and girls are lacking in fulfilling their religious 
duties if they are not interested in what the church offers 
them. But spend a few minutes looking at the church and 
the Sunday school through the eyes of the intermediate. 
Is the program such as to attract and hold the interest of 
an energetic boy, an eager girl? Instead of worrying over 
the lack of interest, try to help them develop a program 
that will be worthy of their best effort. Steer between a 
cut-and-dried program of the traditional type, and a 
" flashy " modern program arranged just to get members. 
The boys and girls want the real thing, and they will be 
interested if the church gives it to them. 


Developing Healthy Christian Attitudes 

II. The Development of a Feeling of Friendly Equality 

(Continued From Last Issue) 

Following is an outline of the functioning of the three 
attitudes mentioned in the first part of this article. 
The Superiority Complex 

1. Tends to ignore the personality of the weaker mem- 

2. Promotes selfish interests. 

3. Crushes creative tendencies in others. 

4. Makes followers but not friends. 

5. Lessens the value of the individual. 

6. Gets results at too great a price of personal freedom 
and self-expression. 

7. Promotes unruly bosses who become " drunk " with 

8. Stifles spontaneous leaders who would arise within the 

9. Makes of some leaders " manipulators " of the group. 

10. Confuses the love of God with the law of God. 

The Inferiority Complex 

1. Results in painful self-consciousness. 

2. Causes the individual to shrink from sharing the best 
he has with others. 

3. Develops a fear of making known convictions and 
often gives a compromising attitude rather than asserting 

4. Suggests to self that he is weak and then lives up to 
own suggestion. 

5. Produces worry tension and fatigue. 

6. Creates many imaginary failures which never happen. 

7. Tends toward extreme moodiness and ineffectiveness. 

8. Results in much loneliness and lack of hospitality. 

9. Furnishes the background for a feeling of being mis- 

10. Results in shutting the individual out of many whole- 
some activities which he should enjoy. 

Friendly Equality 

1. Releases the personality. 

2. Creates new energy and enthusiasm. 

3. Makes the timid and faltering person willing to ven- 
ture out and share his ideas. 

4. Produces a situation where growth is contagious and 
each member of the group becomes a stimulus to every 
other member. There is a feeling of a certain moral back- 
ing and encouragement to members of the group. 

5. Gives added respect and reverence for the personality. 

6. Places many quiet but noble persons in a more heroic 

7. Stimulates thinking on the part of the average mem- 
ber of the group. 

8. Gives freedom from the habit of depending upon a 
leader to do most of the thinking for the members of the 

9. Gives the basis for a brotherhood. 

10. Avoids conflicts growing out of extreme dominance. 
We suggest that the above outline be used as a starting 

point for further considerations of this subject. These 
outlines are not meant to be complete. They are sug- 
gestive. — Perry L. Rohrer. 


History of Our Missions 

Sunday, January 10 
Scripture Lesson — Acts 1: 6-9; 16: 6-10 
I. Missions in the Early Days of the Church. 
II. The Call to Denmark. 

III. The Call to India. 

IV. The Call to China's Millions. 

V. Answering the Call to Dark Africa. 
This outline is based on a program prepared by Elizabeth 
Weigle. It may be secured from the General Mission 
Board, 22 South State St., Elgin, 111., for 5c. Your mission- 
ary committee may already have it. For additional ma- 
terial see Intermediate Pupils' Quarterly (Brethren Graded 
Lessons — Spring Quarter). The three following programs 
will be based on Life Sketches of-Pioneer Missionaries and 
Missions and World Peace, each Sc, which may be pro- 
cured from the same source. 

News From the Field 

(Continued From Page 20) 

them to earn clothes and food? There is danger to their 
spiritual lives when the church goes too far in either direc- 
tion. Does the church in America understand why the 
Lord's work in China is extremely difficult? It is only the 
" wisdom that is from above," that is sufficient for these 
A Babe in Christ 

Mr. Hu Chan Tung is only a " babe in Christ," but has 
a spiritual insight that is rather unusual. A few days ago 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1937 


some one entered my room humming a Christian tune, and 
before turning around to see who it was, I thought, " Some 
one seems quite happy," and in another instant he was at 
my side saying, " We'll have to pray hard for my remain- 
ing two children [one having just died with a contagious 
disease], for they are both very sick. I know the Lord has 
a purpose in this, so I have committed them to him, and I 
want his will to be done. I'm just hoping and praying that 
this trouble will bring my relatives to Christ." Please pray 
for this man and his family. People of this type give us 
hope and encouragement to go on with our difficult task. 



The heavy debt which has hung over the Sterling, 111., 
church for about eleven years has been triumphantly wiped 
out by its members in a great united effort begun in Feb- 
ruary of this year. In 1925 the building was remodeled 
and enlarged at considerable cost. Many pledges, which 
had to remain unpaid because of the depression, kept the 
church from paying off a large portion of the original 
debt, besides making it necessary to pay a large amount of 
interest on the debt. Last February the members pledged 
themselves to pay off all that was still unpaid, by Thanks- 
giving time, when the church would have a joyful celebra- 

Difficult as the task seemed, all were united in this great 
effort, which was remarkable in its success. Every class 
in the Sunday school, every organization within the 
church, friends and members of every age co-operated in 
a wonderful way. Even the primary children worked 
earnestly and contributed gladly, in order to have a part 
in the project. Every cent was raised, and all debts paid 
at the approach of the Thanksgiving season. 

Nov. 29, the Sunday following Thanksgiving, was a day 
to be always remembered as one of great importance in 
the history of the Sterling church. Bro. P. R. Keltner, the 
first pastor of the church, and Sister Keltner were with us 
to take part in the services of the day. Another impres- 
sive feature of the day's program was the mortgage burn- 
ing ceremony, when Bro. John Heckman burned the notes 
and mortgage which had been paid. Bro. Wayne Gerdes, 
who was ordained to the ministry in the Sterling church, 
assisted in the all-day services. The dinner at noon was 
the largest attended of any dinner held at the church. 

We feel that a brief history of the church at this place 
will be of interest to readers of the Messenger, especially, 
those who have ever been associated with the work at 

Due to the efforts of Ira F. Hoak and his father, H. S. 
Hoak, cottage meetings were started in 1889. Some of the 
early ministers and elders who held meetings here were 
Jacob Myers, Ferguson, Gerdes, Grater, Daniel Dierdorff, 
Levi Trostle, Samuel Lahman, Samuel Riddlesbarger, 
David Senger, David Price, Cal Rowland, Enoch Eby and 
Bro. Eisenbise. Bro. H. S. Hoak, in the face of the mis- 
understanding and opposition of many of the townspeople, 
solicited funds to buy a lot and to build a meetinghouse. 
But it was difficult to buy a lot, because the price was 
often boosted, due to prejudice toward the denomination. 
Finally, a suitable lot was purchased in 1890, and the Mis- 
sion Board provided half the money to build a church. 
There were six members to start this mission. Here Bro. ' 
P. R. Keltner came to take charge, receiving only his 
keep, and no salary. He and his good wife labored tire- 

lessly for fourteen years at this place, baptizing ninety-five, 
and receiving many more by letter. In 1892 the church 
was organized with twenty-eight members. Bro. Ira F. 
Hoak was the first deacon elected, and Bro. John Bru- 
baker, now of California, was the first elected to the min- 

As the congregation grew, the church building and lot 
became too small. Bro. Samuel Myers agreed to exchange 
two lots belonging to him for the small lot upon which the 
church then stood. Accordingly, the building was moved 
and enlarged in about 1906. A parsonage was also built at 
that time. 

The Sterling church has been greatly blessed with the 
influence and the labors of a number of devoted pastors, 
all of whom have left a worthy contribution to the work 
and growth of this church. As stated before, Bro. P. R. 
Keltner was our first pastor. Others have been Bro. Ezra 
Flory, who served us at three different times ; E. M. Stude- 
baker, one year; B. Byen, one summer; J. U. G. Stiver- 
son, three years; B. Ulrich, one year; H. B. Mohler, three 
years; Merlin Shull, one summer; E. F. Caslow, two years; 
S. S. Blough, five years ; J. F. Baldwin, four years. Our 
present pastor, Bro. B. N. King, has now been with us one 
year. We feel that under his sincere and capable leader- 
ship, the Sterling church is entering upon a new era of 
fellowship and co-operation. 

Four ministers have been ordained in the Sterling church: 
Wm. Beahm, J. H. Brubaker, Wm. Buckley and Wayne 
Gerdes, also a mission worker, Bertha Dutcher Hamer. 

Sterling, 111. Helen Hoak Eikenberry. 


The Round Table Conference for the Middle District 
of Maryland was held Dec. 4, 1936, at 7:30 P. M., in the 
Hagerstown Church of the Brethren. Large delegations 
of young people from Beaver Creek, Broadfording, Browns- 
ville, Hagerstown, Long Meadow, Manor, Martinsburg, W. 
Va., Myersville and Sharpsburg congregations were present. 
Bro. (Dad) Kahle was the speaker and Ruth Koons took 
charge of the recreation. 

The chairman of each staff gave interesting and helpful 
reports on the work accomplished thus far, and each local 
B. Y. P. D. represented broadcasted what their organiza- 
tion was doing. 

A worship period in charge of the worship staff followed 
by the benediction by Bro. Kahle closed the Round Table. 

Sharpsburg, Md. Anna Mabel Grayson. 


Every time we enter a new year we try to think what "we 
could do that would make it better than the year just 
past. It seems to me one of the very finest things we could 
do as families, if we have not already done so in the past . 
years, would be to establish the family altar in the home. 
Nothing in my estimation can take the place of daily 
worship, to bind us closer to God, to make our family ties 
stronger, to develop the spiritual atmosphere which is so 
necessary in this busy world where it is so easy to allow 
the better tilings of life to be crowded out. Worship should 
not be just a habit or custom ; it should be a very prac- 
tical experience for each member of the home. 

What could he more helpful in maintaining unity, peace, 
harmony and love than talking over the things we are 
thankful for, talking over our problems together, and pray- 
ing about them, singing those beautiful old hymns as well 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1937 

as the songs that our children enjoy so much? Such hymns 
as these come in mind : Jesus Loves Me, God Will Take 
Care of You, The Heavenly Father Loves Everyone, and 
many others that these suggest. 

How the children do enjoy the worship if they can take 
part in the singing, reading, thanksgiving and in making 
requests and prayers ! Let us not deny them this blessed 
privilege, which will mean so much to them now, in the 
years to come and will - be one of the happiest memories 
of home all through life. 

If all Christians would see the need of the family altar, 
and practice the daily presence of God, many of our prob- 
lems in the home and church and even in the nation would 
vanish like dew in the morning sun. Let us all begin the 
new year together with our altar fires burning brightly, 
and keep them kindled each day of the year. 

La Verne, Calif. Mrs. Sylvia L. Rupel. 


Eld. Israel B. Graybill was born in Lancaster County, 
Pa., April 13, 1867, and died Aug. 4, 1936, at his home near 
Elm in the bounds of the White Oak congregation. He 
was the son of Eld. Israel and Susanna Bomberger Gray- 
bill. Nov. 15, 1892, he married Mary Shelly. To this union 
were born three sons and five daughters ; one daughter died 
in infancy. His widow survives with one sister and two 

He and his wife united with the Church of the Brethren 
and were baptized in 1893. He was elected to the deacon's 
office March 29, 1907, which place he ably filled. Sept. 14, 
1911, he was called to the ministry and later, May 19, 1930, 
ordained to the eldership. 

Bro. Graybill was in poor health for a number of years, 
yet able to be about, when he had a stroke and passed on 
in less than a week. He was of a pleasant, kindly dispo- 
sition ; as a minister and elder always at his post of duty, 
a man of strong convictions, one of whom it may be said 
he was steadfast to the end. 

Services were held in the Graybill house by the home 
ministers. Interment was in the adjoining cemetery. 

Manheim, Pa. Susan M. Cassel. 


From the 1,350 Protestant churches in Northern Cali- 
fornia more than 1,000 pastors attended the Preaching 
Mission of San Francisco-Oakland. We had not gone far 
in our part of this great nation-wide church crusade when 
we learned that the speakers were among the foremost 
interpreters of the Christian Gospel, and that they had 
brought their entourage to the Bay Area to further their 
program of restoring the faith of the westerners, who in 
the passing years seem to have become apathetic in their 
felt need for Christianity. 

We were constantly reminded that one of the great pur- 
poses of the mission was to strengthen the foundation of 
the Christian life. To accomplish this they emphasized daily 
Bible reading, the family altar and prayer. 

The Preaching Mission presented a rather new approach 
to kingdom building. It differs very materially from the 
star preacher of the past generation. To me it seems that 
the Preaching Mission is a modern application of a New 
Testament Jesus who sent his disciples through all the 
villages to preach the kingdom. The missioners came in 

his name to summon the churches to new efforts in the 
cause of righteousness. 

Like the brilliant itinerant preachers of another era who 
covered the world with their battle against paganism, just 
so the Preaching Mission has added to the efforts and invest- 
ments of local ministers of the gospel. 

Their work was lacking in the spectacular of the past, 
and yet it attracted great audiences. From authentic re- 
ports we learned that the San Francisco-Oakland Mission 
had the largest attendance of any mission up to that date. 

At times we were led into the valleys of darkness and 
despair. There we were told that the greatest spiritual 
revival of all times is needed to overcome the sinfulness 
of the world and the devastating power of sin. From there 
we were led to great heights where we were above the fogs 
of sin, and there in the sunshine of God's love they pointed 
to Christ as the only way out, and to the fact that his mind 
must be our mind; his program, at any cost, must become 
our program, both personally and in our national life. 

We pray that the Preaching Mission will reach out to 
every corner of the world and enthuse and empower every 
Christian with a new determination to carry on. The Good 
News presented to us was most precious, and it is the world's 
only hope. j. p. Baldwin, 

Modesto, Calif. Director of Ministerial Affairs, 

Northern California. 


Sister Susanna Foutz was born Feb. 23, 1861, near Boil- 
ing Springs, Pa., and died at her home in Philadelphia, Pa., 
Nov. 18, 1936. She was the youngest child of Bro. Samuel S. 

and Sister Mary Hohf (Utz) Keeny. On Dec. 16, 1880, she 
married Samuel E. Foutz, of Franklin County, Pa. They 
farmed for several years. During this time Bro. Wilbur B. 
Stover had his home with them for a year. Then they lived 
in Waynesboro, Pa., for thirty years. 

She was a charter member of the Sisters' Aid Society 
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a meeting and served as an officer for a number of years. 
She was active as a deacon's wife, cared for a daughter who 
was an invalid for some years and as a representative of 
the church on the town welfare association helped to 
minister to the wants of the less fortunate. At that time 
there was no community nurse and the welfare directors 
were called upon for a variety of services. In this work 
she was untiring, never being too busy to answer a call 
nor was she deterred by weather conditions. She endeared 
herself to relatives, friends and neighbors by her interest 
and solicitude in their welfare and happiness. She was 
most diligent in caring for her household and her home 
was one of open hospitality. 

Mother was a faithful member of the church for almost 
sixty years. Since the death of father fifteen years ago, 
she made her home in Philadelphia. She was active until 
an hour before death when a heart attack took her quickly 
from service to reward. She is survived by two sons and 
two daughters, all of Philadelphia, one sister and three half 

A service was held at her home in Philadelphia Nov. 20 
by Brethren David Cassel and Wm. Delp of the Hatfield 
church, assisted by Bro. Stover Kulp. Then the body was 
taken to Waynesboro where funeral services were held 
in the Church of the Brethren by Brethren C. R. Oellig, 
H. M. Stover and Levi Ziegler. Interment by the side of 
her husband in Burns Hill cemetery. Rebecca Foutz. 

Philadelphia, Pa. 


Eld. Edward M. Howe, minister for thirty-two years in 
the Church of the Brethren, Maitland, public school teach- 
er for a large part of his life, and leading citizen of his 
community, died at his home in 
Maitland, Nov. 19, aged 67 years. 
His death was caused by the ef- 
fects of a paralytic stroke which 
he suffered Nov. 6 while making a 
business call. He rallied at times 
to recognize members of his fam- 

Bro. Howe was a son of Eld. 
Wm. and Sarah Mohler Howe, 
both deceased. He was born at 
Maitland where he spent his en- 
tire life. He leaves his wife, whose 
maiden name was Delia Greninger, 

also five sons and two daughters, one brother, three sisters 

and three grandchildren. 

Four sons are public school and college teachers, follow- 
ing in the footsteps of their father, who for about twenty 
years taught in the Maitland public school. Twenty-five 
years ago Bro. Howe, a teacher in Yeagertown public 
schools, became principal of Burnham schools to succeed 
Stewart M. Peters, elected prothonotary of this county. 
For one year Bro. Howe taught in the public schools of 
New Iberia, La. 

Bro. Howe also served as school director of Derry town- 
ship. At the time of his death he was presiding elder of 
Maitland and Bannerville Brethren churches, and teacher 
of the men's Bible class in the Maitland Sunday school. 

Bro. Howe was public spirited, industrious, and deeply 
religious. His Christian activities always found first place 
in his busy daily programs. Within the last month, when 
he became overburdened with his manifold business and 

church affairs, he rejoiced when the writer became pastor 
of the Maitland church. The veteran pledged his younger 
successor full co-operation in pastoral work. 

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Nov. 22, 
with Brethren H. B. Heisey and Cox conducting the serv- 
ices. Never, said members present, had they seen so many 
folks in attendance at any service as were there that after- 
noon to pay their last respects to one so loved and re- 
spected. The church was filled to capacity and many were 
turned away for lack of room. Sixteen ministers were in 
attendance and acted as honorary pall bearers. Burial was 
made in the Maitland cemetery. Alvin Cox 

Lewistown, Pa. 


Mary Leatherman was born in Greene County, Ohio, 
Sept. 17, 1845, the daughter of James and Sarah Smith. 
Her entire life of a few days more than 91 years was spent 
in Greene and Clark Counties. 

She was united in marriage to 
David Leatherman Jan. 6, 1870. To 
this union two daughters were 
born : Edith, who preceded her in 
death by five years; and Bertha, 
with whom she made her home at 
the time of her death. 

Sister Leatherman was a mem- 
ber of the Baptist church before 
her marriage but later united with 
the Church of the Brethren, of 
which she was a devoted member 
for over sixty years. In 1882 her 
husband was called to the minis- 
try, and later to the eldership. 
During the thirty-six years of Bro. 
Leatherman's work as minister and elder, she was his very 
devoted helper. Her quiet, consecrated life has been a 
blessing to many. She was blessed with abundant health 
most of her life and was still able to attend church services 
up to about one year ago, occasionally walking the four 
blocks between her home and the church. Sister Leather- 
man held her membership in the church at Springfield at 
the time of her death, although she and her husband had 
labored in a number of churches during Bro. Leatherman's 
ministry. The Donnels Creek and New Carlisle churches 
were their home churches. 

Sister Leatherman died at the home of her daughter, 
Mrs. Bertha Stockstill, Springfield, Ohio, on Sunday Nov. 
1. Funeral services were conducted in the home by the 
writer and in the New Carlisle church by Elder J. H. Eide- 
miller assisted by the writer, Elder John Gump and Elder 
H. H. Helman, pastor of the New Carlisle church. Inter- 
ment in the New Carlisle cemetery. j h. Good. 

Springfield, Ohio. 


Please note that the fifty cents required for the publication of a 
marriage notice may be applied to a three months' Gospel Mes- 
senger subscription for the newly-married couple. Request should 
be made when the notice is sent, and full address given. 

Butterbaugh-Yoder.— By the undersigned, on Nov. 26. 1936, in the 
La Verne church, Wilbcr Butterbaugh and Gladys Yoder, both 01 
La Verne. Calif— Galen K. Walker. La Verne, Calif. 

Struvc-Mumm.- By the undersigned, on Dec. 6, 1936. in the La 
Verne church, -Mr. Guy Struve and Miss Gertrude Mumm. both of 
La Verne, Calif.— Galen K. Walker. La Verne, Calif. 


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Hurst-McClelland.— By the undersigned, Dec. 6, 1936, in the Sun- 

nyland Church of the Brethren, Mr. A. H. Hurst of Lake Placid, 

Fla., and Sister Flossie McClelland of Lake Istokpoga, Fla.— Jos. D. 
Reish. Lake Istokpoga, Fla. 


Beeghly, -t'rias J., died at his home in Ottawa, Kans., Dec. 4, 1936. 
He had been in failing health for six months. He was born in Som- 
erset County, Pa., Aug. 31, 1852. Jan. 2, 1875, he married Sophia 
Boyd at Millersburg, Ohio, who died Dec. 10, 1918. There were two 
sons and four daughters; two sons and three daughters survive with, 
fifteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. He united 
with the church in 1877 and had been a loyal member to the time of 
his death. Funeral services by the writer in Ottawa with burial in 
the Paola cemetery, Kans.— W. B. DeVilbiss, Ottawa, Kans. 

Brown, Sister Mary A., aged 83, died on Dec. 8, 1936, following a 
three weeks' illness of heart trouble. Born in Elkhart County, Ind., 
Oct. 14, 1853, the daughter of Brother and Sister Samuel Ulery, she 
resided in the same county throughout her life. She early became 
a member of the Church of the Brethren and Rock Run was her 
church home. She was married to John R. Brown in 1877; he pre- 
ceded her in death in 1925. Surviving are three children, five grand- 
children and eight great-grandchildren. The last few months of her 
life were spent in the home of her sister, Sarah Cripe, of West 
Goshen, who is now the only surviving one of a family of ten. Fu- 
neral services in her home church by Bro. M. D. Stutzman, Bro. Dan 
Johns of the Mennonite church and the writer. Interment in the 
Rock Run cemetery. — J. S. Zigler, Goshen, Ind. 

Brumbaugh, Carrie Mote, born at West Milton, Ohio, Sept. 27, 1879; 
she died at her late home near Clayton, Ohio, Dec. 1, 1936. Her par- 
ents were Benson and Georgianna Mast Mote; her mother died when 
Carrie was but eighteen months old and her father about ten years 
later. She then entered the home of her grandfather, W. J. Mast. 
March 8. 1905, she married Loyd W. Brumbaugh; they established 
their home on a farm near Clayton. Two sons and one daughter 
were born to them; the second son passed away twenty-two years 
ago. Brother and Sister Brumbaugh united with the Church of the 
Brethren in the Salem congregation and in 1910 were called to the 
office of deacon. She also taught a class of boys and girls in Sunday 
school. For fourteen years she suffered with a nervous affliction. 
but the fatal crisis resulted from an attack of pneumonia. She leaves 
her husband, a son, daughter and two grandchildren, also a half 
brother and sister, and a foster sister. Funeral at Salem church by 
Eld. Sylvan Bookwalter, assisted by Eld. A. H. Bucklew and the 
writer. Interment in Bethel cemetery. — Wm. Minnich, Union, Ohio. 

Clapper, Sister Susannah, born at Bloomfield, Bedford County, on 
June 25, 1840, and died Nov. 21, 1936, at the home of her daughter, 
Mrs. Rachel Myers, in Taylor Township. She married Bro. Samuel 
Clapper in 1858, who died in 1905. Eight children were born to this 
union of which six survive, also twenty-one grandchildren, twenty- 
eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She 
was a member of the Church of the Brethren since girlhood. Fu- 
neral services in the Albright church where she worshiped many 
years, conducted by Eld. S. P. Early, pastor of Roaring Spring 
church; interment in Albright cemetery. — Mrs. Elmer Hoover, Roar- 
ing Spring, Pa. 

Domer, Lawrence E., born near Baker, N. Dak., on Aug. 20, 1900, 
the son of Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Domer. He married Elsa R. Yost on 
Aug. 24, 1920; to this union were born four children. He leaves his 
wife and children, father and mother, one brother and two sisters. 
He was killed in an automobile accident, struck by a train in Niles, 
Mich., while on his way to work. He was laid to rest in the Niles 
cemetery. Services by the undersigned. — Dewey Rowe, Bryan, Ohio. 

Driver, Sister Sarah, wife of Bro. J. L. Driver, died Nov. 22, 1936, 
aged 66 years. She was a woman of sterling Christian character, 
active in church work, a Sunday-school teacher and an Aid Society 
worker. She was of great help to her husband in his ministerial 
labors. She had been in ill health for many years. At an early age 
she united with the Church of the Brethren; she was active and 
faithful in the church as long as health permitted. Besides her 
husband she leaves two brothers and four sisters and a cousin who 
lived in the home for thirty years. Services by Eld. I. M. Foster 
and associate ministers. Interment in Beaver Creek cemetery where 
two children who died in infancy are buried. — Fannie Shull, Bridge- 
water, Va. 

Heagy, Sister Nora, wife of Bro. Allen Heagy, died Oct. 25, 1936, 
in the Harrisburg hospital, Pa., as the result of an automobile ac- 
cident. She is survived by her husband, three sons, three daughters, 
one brother and five sisters; one brother preceded her many years 
ago. She united with the Church of the Brethren when quite young 
and remained faithful. Services at Graybill house by Brethren C. W. 
Gibbel, Graybill Hershey, Ollie Hevener. Interment in adjoining 
cemetery. — Susan M. Cassel, Manheim, Pa. 

Kinder, Jos. P., son of Benj. and Elizabeth Kinder, was born April 
12, 1851, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Chas. Wills, 
Oct. 16, 1936. after a lingering illness. He married Elizabeth Smeltzer 
Nov. 26, 1868, who passed away in January, 1932. To this union one 
son and two daughters were born; the son and one daughter pre- 
ceded the parents. Bro. Kinder was a loyal and devoted member of 
the Arcadia church. He was called to the deacon's office and served 
for a number of years in that capacity. He had retired from active 

work ten years ago, owing to failing health and eyesight. The past 
few years he was entirely blind. He was confined to his bed seven 
months during which time he was a patient sufferer. Surviving are 
one daughter and son-in-law, one sister and two grandchildren. Fu- 
neral sermon by Eld. John E. Smeltzer, assisted in the service by 
Eld. M. Smeltzer and Bro. Showalter. — Catharine Smeltzer, Nobles- 
ville, Ind. 

Klinzman, Bro. Louis C, was born in Franklin County, Pa., April 
14, 1859, and died at his home at La Verne, Calif., Nov. 30, 1936. 
In boyhood he moved to Illinois with his parents. There he mar- 
ried Ella Hammerschmidt on Feb. 15, 1885. Five children were ■ 
born to this union all of whom survive and were present at the 
funeral services Dec. 5. Interment was made in the Evergreen 
cemetery, La Verne, by the side of his wife who was called by death 
May 15, 1929. Soon after his marriage Bro. Klinzman and his bride 
moved to McCool Junction, Nebr., where they spent twenty-five 
years before moving to La Verne. The deceased enjoyed good health 
until about three months ago; however, he rallied and was seized with 
a heart attack just before his death. He was a lifelong member of 
the church, faithful in atendance and in doing his part. Funeral 
services were conducted by Bro. Edgar Rothrock of La Verne and 
Bro. J. P. Dickey of Hemet. — Grace Hileman Miller, La Verne, Calif. 

Myers, Sister Lizzie (nee Balmer), died June 24, 1936, at her home 
in Manheim, Pa., in the bounds of the White Oak congregation, aged 
81 years. She is survived by three daughters and two sisters; her 
husband preceded her many years ago. She was a consistent member 
of the Church of the Brethren since her youth. Services in Manheim 
house by Brethren H. K. Ober and Chas. D. Cassel with interment in 
Manheim Fairview cemetery. — Susan M. Cassel, Manheim, Pa, 

Pugfa, Sister Minerva Ann, died Nov. 27, 1936, following a stroke of 
apoplexy. She was born Dec. 23, 1870, to Bro. John and Sister 
Amanda Medley. July 25, 1885, she married Flemming H. Pugh; to 
this union were born two children who survive with the husband, five 
grandchildren and one brother. While they will feel most keenly her 
passing, yet the membership of the Ninth Street church, Roanoke, 
Va., has suffered a great loss. At the age of eleven years she joined 
the Church of the Brethren of which she had been a loyal member 
these years, and a subscriber to the Messenger for forty years. Be- 
cause of her failing health she had to resign as Bible director of 
the Women's Work, on which she spent much time which made her 
one of our most conscientious leaders. She was always so cheerful 
that her presence radiated an atmosphere of happiness.— Mrs. Margie 
John Garst, Salem, Va. 

Shaver, Edward Ellsworth, son of Cyrus M. and Julia Schrock 
Shaver, was born May 6, 1863, in Somerset County, Pa., died Dec. 9, 
1936, at the hospital, Covina Calif. In 1885 he moved to Marion 
County, Kans., where he taught school until the spring of 1889 when 
he entered McPherson College. It was here that he met and married 
Mary Agnes Brumbaugh from Huntingdon, Pa. In 1901 the family 
moved to Nampa, Idaho, and in 1909 to Covina, Calif. He is survived 
by his wife, six sons, two daughters, three sisters and two brothers in 
Pennsylvania, and eight grandchildren. One daughter preceded him. 
Early in life he united with the Church of the Brethren and remained 
faithful to the end. Funeral services in the Covina church by Bro. 
S. J. Miller, assisted by Bro. Mark L. Cripe. Burial in Oakdale cem- 
etery. — S. J. Miller, La Verne, Calif. 

Welch, Bro. Otis Melvin, was born at Fairview, Iowa, and died 
Oct. 22, at his home at La Verne, Calif., aged 67 years, 9 months and 
15 days. His boyhood was spent in Nebraska and in 1882 he moved 
to Oregon. There in 1901 he married Myra Brooks, who with a son 
and a daughter survive him. He brought his family to Patterson, 
Calif., in 1912, and five years later to La Verne where he lived until 
his death. His son, Dwight Welch, is Y. M. C. A. secretary on the 
island of Kauai in the Hawaiian Island group, who when notified of 
his father's death, talked to his mother by wireless telephone. The 
mother, one of the Gospel Messenger's poetesses, has been an in- 
valid for many years. Bro. Welch was baptized at Newberg, Ore., in 
1908 and was elected to the office of deacon several years later and, 
although quiet and retiring, he was respected by all who knew him 
and was always faithful to his baptismal vows. Funeral services were 
held at the church with Bro. Galen K. Walker, pastor, officiating. 
Interment was made in the Evergreen cemetery at La Verne. Be- 
sides his wife and two children he leaves one sister and four broth- 
ers.— Grace Hileman Miller, La Verne, Calif. 



Glendora.— Installation services were held Oct. 4 for the • newly ap- 
pointed officers and teachers of the Sunday school. At this time 
Bro. Roy Crist of La Verne College preached a most helpful sermon 
for the encouragement of these workers. The following Sunday night 
Bro. D. A. Crist of Quinter, Kans., gave us a very interesting ac- 
count of his trip to Egypt and the Holy Land. On Oct. 22 the 
mothers of the junior and primary children, many of them from out- 
side homes, were entertained by the teachers of these departments. 
On Sunday, just before sailing for India, Bro. Chalmer Shull gave 
us a very splendid missionary sermon; his children sang a song in 
the Indian language, and Loreta told the story of the Prodigal Son, 
also in Indian, which was all very enjoyable. On Nov. 15 Bro. 
Becker, our pastor, began a two weeks' evangelistic meeting, Bro. 
Edgar Rothrock of LaVerne assisting. These meetings were pre- 

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ceded by a campaign of personal work, and at the close, just before 
our communion service, at which Bro. Mark Cripe of Covina offi- 
ciated, six were baptized, dedicating our new baptistry. We observed 
Universal Bible Sunday in all the departments of the Sunday school. 
A blind woman came and read her Bible for the blind in the chil- 
dren's department. In the general school the great work of the 
American Bible Socety was recounted, a short program given, and 
Bro. Bicker made a very earnest pica for more diligent and devoted 
use of the Book of books in our homes. We are making an effort 
to have the Sunday school become 100 per cent daily Bible readers. 
Bro. Isaac Baker, a pioneer minister of Canada who is worshiping 
with us this winter, gave us, in the evening, an able address on the 
Chronology of the Bible, proving from a scientific standpoint that 
the Bible is true, trying to counteract for the benefit of our young 
people, much false teaching of the present day, and fostering their 
faith in the good old Book. The Aid societies (a young women's 
auxiliary has recently been organized) have been very busy this fall, 
meeting at times twice a week. Our teachers, at their monthly meet- 
ings, are studying the book, "Planning for Children in the Local 
Church," by Lewis. This training course is very ably directed by 
Sister Becker. The District Ministerial Association held their regu- 
lar conference in our church on Dec. 7, some sixty being present. 
Four letters have been granted since our last report. — Lulu Netzley 
Miller, Glendora, Calif., Dec. 10. 

La Verne church in keeping with the National Preaching Mission 
project secured the services of Eld. J. F. Baldwin of Modesto for a 
week's evangelistic effort from Nov. 16 to Nov. 22. The direct visible 
results were the application of two Sunday-school girls for baptism; 
a young man was baptized the Sunday before the meetings were 
opened making a total of three since our last report. The time was 
unavoidably too short for a real evangelistic effort as Bro. Baldwin 
had to move on to another prearranged appointment. Christmas plans 
are being made; the La Verne College choral union will put on a 
program of music next Wednesday evening and the Sunday-school 
children will observe a white gift program on Sunday evening, Dec. 
20. Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 30, the primary department of the 
Sunday school will entertain their grandparents at a Christmas party 
at 2 o'clock and children of the Mexican Protestant Sunday school at 
3 o'clock. C. I. Myer was recently elected president of the lay- 
men's group; this organization recently held a father and son ban- 
quet taking into consideration a large group of La Verne College 
boys. Mission study projects are being followed by the various 
Christian Endeavor and Christian Worker organizations on Sunday 
evenings. The junior church league will close their study with an 
African Social on Sunday evening. A group of spiritually minded 
La Verne College students recently organized the Emmert fellowship 
forum for the purpose of promoting Christian fellowship and service; 
it has been named for the late beloved J. B. Emmert, who for many 
years was head of the college Bible department. Bro. Roy Crist, 
present head of the college Bible department, is assisting the young 
people in this endeavor. — Grace Hileman Miller, La Verne, Calif., 
Dec. 12. 

Live Oak. — Prior to election our church led the community in a 
valiant fight against the liquor traffic. The state wide result was a 
real defeat of the liquor amendment on the ballot. The local option 
amendment was also defeated. However, it is noteworthy that the 
vote in favor .of it was 200,000 stronger than in 1934. The Home 
Builders' class put on the peace play, The Eleventh Mayor, at the 
high school on Nov. 29. Our regular council was held Dec. -2. The 
debt on the new addition has been paid. Arrangements were made 
for a substantial increase in the pastor's salary. The men's organ- 
ization has put in a new oil heater in the main room; they also 
sponsored a drive for 100 per cent subscriptions for The Gospel Mes- 
senger.— Albert Crites, Live Oak, Calif., Dec. 14. 


Boise Valley church met in council Dec. 12, at which time our 
pastor gave an excellent report. We decided to have Bro. W. E. 
Buntain of Philadelphia with us the week of Jan. 10 for a Bible in- 
stitute. Our annual Thanksgiving rally, held at the church, was a 
very spiritual meeting and the attendance was all that could pos- 
sibly be accommodated. Our attendance at Sunday school and church 
is on the increase. We again have over 75 per cent of the members 
subscribing for the Messenger. We are enjoying the lectures of the 
neighboring pastors given each midweek. We recently reshingled 
part of our parsonage. — Mrs. Russell Brockus, Meridian, Idaho, 
Dec. 16. 


Canton.— We enjoyed a record attendance on rally Sunday, Sept. 6. 
with a revived interest in the Lord's work for the coming year. The 
love feast was observed Oct. 11 with an unusual attendance. Our 
pastor, Bro. F. A. Myers, officiated. Seven have been received into 
membership by baptism and two by letter since our last report. Out- 
church school has shown a nice improvement in attendance this fall 
and winter. Last September we decided to try the unified service 
plan. At our recent council meeting we adopted this type of service 
indefinitely. Harold Rose is general superintendent and Mrs. Cecile 
YanSyckel. junior superintendent. We have a weekly church bulle- 
tin and like it very much. Our church co-operated in a religious 
census of the city, sponsored by the city ministerium of which our 
pastor is president this year. Dec. 9 we met in the church dining 
hall for a covered dish supper and celebration of the payment of our 
parsonage improvement debt. This movement was brought about by 
a good brother challenging the church to give three dollars to his 

one; he has also donated the paint for the exterior of the parsonage. 
Later the same evening our quarterly council met. Our Aid S 
under tin- leadership of Mrs. J. 1J. Rohrer is doing splendid work. They 
meet weekly and raise funds by quilling, serving dinners and making 
doughnuts. Our B. Y. P. D. with Wm. Myers president, has as one 
of its projects a Sunday evening chorus; in this way they help to 
make our service a success. The B. Y. P. D. sectional group 
ing was held in our church in September. During N while 

our pastor was in Kansas in evangelistic meetings, our appointments 
were filled by local ministers and special programs, one of which was 
musical. — Mrs. Evelyn Rose, Canton, 111 , Dec. 15. 

Chicago (First).— Since our last report we have enjoyed many spir- 
itual feasts, too numerous to mention separately. On July 1 our 
pastor, Bro. Horst, acted as chaplain for the Chicago city council. 
Our sanctuary being newly decorated this summer, a dedicatory serv- 
ice was held Aug. 16 at which Bro. Horst spoke on the subject, "The 
Holiness of the Sanctuary." Sept. 20 Bro. W.'J. Swigart of Juniata 
College brought us a message on "Zacchxus." Our autumnal com- 
munion service was observed Oct. 18 at which time 408 were seated 
at our Lord's table. Our eight-day preaching mission was held the 
week of Dec. 6, when we enjoyed messages by Brethren Edward 
Frantz, Leland Brubaker of Elgin, Brethren Kurtz and Horst of Chi- 
cago and Bethany respectively. This week was climaxed by the 
presentation by the First church choir of Handel's "Messiah'' on 
Dec. 13. Each service of this week brought us a very definite, in- 
spiring portion of the Bread of Life, and gave us added impetus for 
the work of our Lord and Savior.— Ray Dean, Forest Park, 111., Dec. 14. 

Decatur.— We are glad to announce that the membership has been 
quite active in recent months. Brother and Sister McGuire could not 
remain after Sept. 1 on account of his return to Bethany, but we have 
been very fortunate in having Brother and Sister John Wieand locate 
with us. Bro. Wieand just closed a two weeks' series of services 
sponsored by the men's movement, and as a result eleven were en- 
listed in Christian service. One was the father of a fine family, just 
entered from another church to complete the family circle. The other 
ten were Sunday-school boys and girls. The Sunday school was re- 
organized with few changes. Bro. Clarence Albright is general super- 
intendent. The Women's Work is doing its part as best it can. 
Sister John Wieand will be our president for the coming year, with 
Sister H. P. Clannin, Aid superintendent. At our business meeting 
for the close of the year, Bro. W. T. Heckman was again chosen 
elder. The other officers have filled their places so efficiently that 
few changes have been made. Mrs. Edith Eagleton is Messenger 
agent; she did well last year to enlarge the Messenger list. Mrs. 
Pauline Metsger is to be church correspondent. The church came out 
quite well in its finances but we need and can use much more for 
local repairs. — Anna E. Shearer, Decatur, 111., Dec. 12. 


Liberty Mills church met in council Dec. 10. Four letters were 
granted. One has been received by baptism since the last report. 
Nov. 1 the chorus of our church gave a musical. Nov. 8 a wonder- 
ful sermon was given by Bro. Ira Frantz on Peace. We had a fine 
service on Thanksgiving evening; Bro. Edw. Stump gave us an in- 
teresting sermon. The following Sunday evening a missionary pro- 
gram was given by different ones of the church. Our Aid met Dec. 2 
and elected new officers. Dec. 23 they expect to have another Aid 
meeting for the gift exchange. The United Brethren and our church 
will have an Anti-Saloon League meeting at the former church the 
evening of Dec. 27. — Opal Miller, Claypool, Ind., Dec. 14. 

Muncie church under the eldership of Bro. J. A. Miller, has been 
making forward steps. The church has been redecorated and a new 
hardwood floor was put into it by the men of the church. In No- 
vember we enjoyed a homecoming with Bro. R. L. Showalter as our 
guest speaker. The district gathering with Brethren Funderburg, 
Kulp and Helser was held in our church and we appreciated their 
messages and inspiration. Bro. Miller has been chosen to serve as 
our elder for another year. The church here feels a loss in the 
death of Brother and Sister Geo. L. Studebaker; they were in charge 
of the church for a number of years and since 1929 they have lived 
and served in the church here, assisting in the local ministry since 
we have been without a pastor. — Mrs. L. S. Shively. Muncie. Ind.. 
Dec. 14. 

North Webster. — The women of the church have organized a mis- 
sionary society and have pledged partial support of Sister Lola Hel- 
ser of Africa. At present they are preparing clothing and hospital 
supplies for the African mission. The young people's class has fur- 
nished a large box of toys, books, clothing and miscellaneous articles 
for distribution among the isolated mountain children of Kentucky. 
Bro. A. D. Helser delivered a wonderful missionary sermon to an ap- 
preciative audience Nov. 15 which is bearing fruit in various ways. 
On Thanksgiving morning a union service was held in which our 
people participated. Our evening services are well attended. The 
Aid put on a bazaar Dec. 5.— Mrs. Ruth Rothenberger, Pierccton. Ind.. 
Dec. 17. 

Roann church met in business meeting Dec. 10. Because of being 
disappointed by the delay in installing the new furnace, the dates 
of our revival and love feast were canceled. Our love feast will be 
Jan. 2 at 7 P, M We will have no revival this winter.— Wm. H. 
Eiler. Denver. Ind., Dec. 12. 

Union Center.— From Nov. 15 to 29 our church held its annual re- 
vival conducted by Eld. L. U. Kreidcr. pastor of the Blue River 
church. The immediate result was fourteen baptisms and two were 


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taken in by the right hand of fellowship. We thank God not only 
for the ingathering but for the plain gospel teaching. We believe 
that all have been much strengthened by Bro. Kreider's powerful 
sermons. A Manchester deputation team gave the program on Sun- 
day evening, Dec. S. Miss Miller of India talked on the different re- 
ligious groups that they have to contend with in India. Miss Smith 
of Oregon talked about the work of home missions in Oregon where 
her father was a home missionary. At the quarterly council Dec. 10, 
the church elected a new trustee — Bro. Chas. Stouder. — Cathrine 
Miller, Nappanee, Ind., Dec. 16. 

Walnut church met in council Dec. 11. Our pastor, Bro. C. C. Cripe, 
presided in the absence of our elder, Bro. T. G. Weaver. Church 
officers were elected for the coming year with Bro. C. C. Cripe, elder; 
Bro. Ray Burrough, Messenger agent; Sister Clara Fanning, corre- 
spondent. The report from the different departments seems encour- 
aging. During the year we have received nine by baptism and six 
by letter; one was reclaimed; four letters were granted and one lost 
by death. We enjoyed very much the recent visit of Bro. A. D. 
Helser to our church. — Martha Johnsonbaugh, Argos, Ind., Dec. 13. 


Iowa River. — Last night closed a two weeks' evangelistic campaign 
at this church with Brother and Sister B. M. Rollins, evangelists. 
Eight united with the church. Dec. 3 the fourth annual conference 
of ministers and church workers was held in our church with about 
seventy present. The program was spiritual and uplifting. Bro. 
J. W. Lear, dean of Bethany Biblical Seminary, gave the opening 
address; he also gave an interesting talk on the subject, Evangelism 
for Our Day and Conservation of Results. Other speakers also were 
interesting; it was a worth-while service for every one. — Mrs. Lulu 
E. Duft, Marshalltown, Ind., Dec. 14. 


Independence. — Sunday was a rather stormy and cold day for this 
time of year, but the Independence Sunday school met with 106 
members present. Our school is growing both in numbers and in- 
terest. Our church was well represented at the district meeting at 
Mont Ida, in October. The district meeting will be held in the Inde- 
pendence church next year. Our eight-day preaching mission in 
November was very much worth while. The spirit of those attend- 
ing was splendid. Six young people joined the church, and we are 
expecting more in the near future. Our love feast was held Nov. 23 
with the pastor officiating. The pastor, Bro. R. R. Peters, is district 
counselor for Southeastern Kansas. He has visited a number of 
churches during the past month. The Sweetheart banquet, spon- 
sored by Mr. and Mrs. Rufus L. Daggett, was held Nov. 27. All 
young people attending Sunday school and church during August are 
eligible to this banquet. Special emphasis is being placed on wor- 
ship and music in the church. Plans are now under way for two 
Christmas programs, one to be given by the Sunday school, the other 
a cantata, by the choir, in the evening. — Mrs. Amanda D. Griffiths. 
Independence, Kans., Dec. 12. 


Flint. — At our September council Bro. Wilber Shepherd was elected 
Sunday-school superintendent for the next year. On Oct. 4 we en- 
joyed having with us Bro. Chas. Forror of Brethren, Mich., in our 
anniversary service; he gave us three messages during the day which 
were greatly appreciated. On the same day we also had an impressive 
installation service for our newly elected Sunday-school officials. 
Special services were conducted the week before Thanksgiving by the 
home ministry, closing with a communion on Sunday evening. Bro. 
A. R. Fike of Idaho, who happened to be in our city on that day. 
officiated. Our present church building is too small to accommodate 
the number who are attending services, so during the summer steps 
were taken to enlarge the building. However, because of limited 
space, this was impracticable. Now the church has purchased four 
lots a half block south of our present location and we hope to erect 
a new church during 1937. The persent building will be sold. The 
Aid Society is very busy and has recently pledged $50 to the church 
building fund. Enthusiasm for Camp Mack continues to run high 
among our young people who work at various projects in order to 
earn money to meet the expenses of those of the group who are plan- 
ning to attend the 1937 camp. At the council held on Dec. 13 Bro. 
H. V. Townsend, chairman of the District Ministerial Board, was 
present. Bro. L. H. Prowant will continue to serve as elder and pas- 
tor, with Bro. Arthur Taylor assisting. Other church officials were 
elected at this time for the year. Bro. Warstler of Indiana brought 
us very acceptable sermons morning and evening on Dec. 6. — Mrs- 
Mary E. Prowant, Flint, Mich., Dec. 14. 

Lansing.— We just closed a very helpful revival service conducted 
by Bro. Chas. Deardorff of Ashland, Ohio. He gave us fifteen doc- 
trinal and evangelistic sermons. One gave his heart to God and six 
reconsecrated their lives. At the baptismal service one more ex- 
pressed a desire for a closer walk with God. Much good was ac- 
complished and we feel that others will be drawn into the church by 
Bro. Deardorff's helpful messages. He was assisted in the singing by 
Bro. C. Leslie from Black Swamp church, Ohio. If you have friends 
who are members or who have been attending the Church of the 
Brethren who have moved to our city, write to H. W. Peters, S. 
Hosmer St., Lansing. He will be glad to call on them.— Chas. Tom- 
biugh, Lansing, Mich., Dec. 14. 


Nevada. — The preaching mission was held from Nov. 15 to 22 by the 
pastor, Bro. L. M. Baldwin. Much interest was shown throughout 
the meeting and three young people united with the church by bap- 
tism on Sunday afternoon. Our love feast, held Sunday evening with 
Bro. Galen Barkdoll of Carthage, Mo., officiating, was a very spiritual 
meeting. Thirty-four persons communed, twelve of whom were from 
the Jasper church. — Mrs. L. M. Baldwin, Nevada, Mo., Dec. 14. 


Ashland City. — From Aug. 5-11 four men were in the county in the 
interest of the peace movement. They gave us a special service on 
Aug. 5 and on Sunday, Aug. 9, Bro. Royal Glick filled the pulpit. Sun- 
day evening the men had charge of the union young people's meeting 
and also of the union preaching service. Bro. Dan West came on 
Sunday and on Monday the peace institute was held and an organiza- 
tion effected. The union service was held at our church on Aug. 16. 
Our annual flower Sunday was held on Sept. 13. The pulpit was banked 
with flowers donated by people of the Sunday school and church; the 
flowers were later given to the aged, sick and shut-ins. A vesper serv- 
ice sponsored by the B. Y. P. D. and intermediate league was held at a 
country home on Sunday, Sept. 20. We had as a special speaker Bro. 
Garber Drushal of Ashland College; he brought us a wonderful mes- 
sage. Special music and readings were furnished by the young people. 
October was rally month and we believe it is bearing fruit as our at- 
tendance seems to be increasing over last year. The last Sunday of 
the month we had a special program. Two wonderful reports from 
Camp Mack were given by Richard Bailey and Grace McLarnan. Sept. 
16 our Women's Work was organized with Mrs. Lorena Neuman, 
president. Later two groups were formed: the missionary and the 
Aid. Sept. 20 Bro. Deardorff gave us some facts about when and why 
home mission money was needed; our district meeting offering was 
taken at that time. District meeting reports were given on Sunday, 
Oct. 11, by Bro. Deardorff and Bro. G. A. Cassel. On Sunday evening, 
Oct. 11, the pulpit was filled by Captain Huffman of the Salvation 
Army. The Army was celebrating its fiftieth anniversary of work in 
the city; speakers were also in other churches. The captain gave us 
an inspiring sermon on Just Three Days to Live: Yesterday, Today. 
Tomorrow. We have organized the young people of the Sunday school 
into their own group with Mrs. Nellie Dessenberg, superintendent. 
Our B. Y. P. D. has been reorganized with Merle Griner, adult ad- 
viser and Dorothy Mumaw, president; and the intermediate league with 
Mrs. P. A. Bailey, adult adviser and the writer, instructor. On Sun- 
day evening, Nov. 22, the two groups put on a special Thanksgiving 
and missionary program when our Thanksgiving offering of $28.72 
was taken. The intermediate girls have formed a choir and have re- 
sponded to a number of calls to sing at revival meetings at other 
churches. Promotion day and installation services for church and 
Sunday-school officers were held on Sept. 27. The Upstreamers class 
has pledged and paid $100 on our educational building and the young 
married people's class also has pledged $100. — Mrs. Fern Keefer, Ash- 
land, Ohio, Dec. 7. 

Bear Creek. — Church officers were elected for the year at our mem- 
bers' meeting held Dec. 1. Bro. P. M. Filbrun was retained as elder 
for two years; Mrs. Anna Stoner, Sunday-school superintendent, with 
Beulah Yost, assistant; church clerk, Dora Beeghly. At this meet- 
ing it was decided to buy new carpet for the church. Recently the 
mothers and daughters' organization held a meeting with a good 
attendance. Our Thanksgiving offering was $28. On Sunday eve- 
ning, Dec. 13, a group of young people from the New Lebanon Breth- 
ren church gave a pageant entitled The Lost Church. A new Ham- 
mond electric organ has been presented to our church by one of our 
members, Mrs. Elmer Bright, in memory of her husband; this was 
dedicated on Nov. 1. Since we have no pastor, Bro. Galen B. Royer 
of Dayton and the home ministers have been filling the pulpit. — Mir- 
ian Filbrun, Dayton, Ohio, Dec. 15. 

Bradford. — During the revival conducted by our pastor, G. E. 
Weaver, eight were received by baptism. At the close of the revival 
we observed our love feast with Bro. Weaver officiating, assisted by 
Elders Ray O. Shank and John Eikenberry. — J. E. Overholser, Brad- 
ford, Ohio, Dec. 12. 

Cincinnati church continues its program with much interest and 
activity. The various organizations of the church are presenting and 
working out new plans to create growth and stability in their own in- 
terests and the church in general. The church athletic association was 
awarded two championship trophies from the two leagues in soft 
baseball in which they participated this past season. Recently the 
young married couples' class presented to the church a gift of two 
dozen metal folding chairs; the church bought another matching doz- 
en. The ladies' organization is actively engaged in plans for the year 
with revived interest of many of the members. Our council meeting 
will be Dec. 11 and communion services Dec. 13. Since April our church 
membership has increased, six being received by baptism and four by 
letter. As special interest to the young people of Southern Ohio we 
would like to mention that Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Royer now have their 
church home here in Cincinnati; they are active in church interests. A 
standing invitation is extended to any of our neighboring churches to 
come as a class, organization or as individuals and fellowship with 
us for the day. As a reminder we will appreciate any information re- 
garding members of the Church of the Brethren who live in Cincinnati 
and are not actively associated with the church. — Mrs. Abram Yost, 
Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 7. 

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committees were filled and various office and trustee boards made Eaton.— A group from the church enjoyed a day of Christian fellow- 
their reports. Bro. Guthrie was re-elected elder for another year. It ship with two of our sister churches this fall. The last Sunday in 
was decided to hold a series of meetings beginning Jan. 7, with Bro. September we went to the Circleville church. Bro. A. G. Crosswhite 
A. P. Musselman as speaker, closing with a communion service. Our gave the message at the morning and evening service. Oct. 25 we 
Thanksgiving offering was $40. Dues for district and Old Folks' were at the church in Constance, Ky. The young people gave a pro- 
Home have been paid for the year. Our Ladies' Aid held a special gram at the morning service. On both of these days we enjoyed a 
meeting to make bandages and other articles. We held our regular basket dinner at the church with the local members. We began the 
Christmas meeting Dec. 17 at which time we turned in our envelopes new Sunday-school year Oct. 4 with 205 present at Sunday school, 
for our Africa mission share; $16.80 has been received so far. Bro. After the Sunday-school hour, Bro. N. B. Wine, our elder and first 
A. D. Helser has promised to be with us before returning to Africa.— pastor, conducted a consecration service for the teachers and officers. 
Mrs. Elizabeth Derge, Defiance, Ohio, Dec. 17. He then gave the message of the morning, a very challenging address 
__ L » « . . .. t\ a tu t. u :n i u „:„ on the importance of Christian Education. Bro. I. G. Blocher of 
Dupont church met in council Dec. 4. The church will hold a mis- "" l c ... y \, , r ■ • .• »u 
■ioaicbool, the classes to be held each Sunday afternoon during Jan- Greenville, another former pastor, gave a message of inspiration ,n the 
uary and February. Quite a few of our people attended the mission- afternoon. Bro. Henry Driver is our adult Sunday-school supenntend- 
ary meeting held at Fostoria and heard Brethren Helser and Kulp. ent and S IS ter Eby, our primary superintendent for the coming year 
Brother and Sister Boomershine and son were received into our church One evening Brother and Sister Orion Erbaugh of Trotwood were with 
by letter; he is our pastor at present. One has been baptized recently. us in a workers' conference. Following a fellowship supper, there 
—Anna Measel, Oakwood, Ohio, Dec. 9. were several short talks on the work of the Sunday-school teacher and 

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what teachers have meant to us. We then divided into two groups 
for discussion of methods and problems. Sister Erbaugh had charge 
of the group of primary workers and Bro. Erbaugh, the adult workers. 
We have had several accessions to the church by letter and by bap- 
tism the past few months. During November we placed special empha- 
sis on Peace. The peace literature and banks were distributed among 
our members. Nov. 14 Bro. Perry Prather from Dayton gave us a 
challenging address on Peace. The play, These Things Shall Be, which 
emphasizes peace, will be given Dec. 6. Bro. Prather also talked to 
the men on the work for men in the church. A men's organization was 
begun with Henry Ankerman, president. Our Ladies' Aid is active as 
usual. The past six weeks they have served dinners for the public 
each Wednesday. The first Wednesday of each month they meet in 
the various homes for a business meeting. At the December meeting 
they will elect officers for the coming year. One of our ministers has 
been in the Christian ministry for fifty-eight years. Nov. 15 he 
preached his fifty-eighth anniversary sermon. A gift was presented 
to Bro. Crosswhite by the Sunday school. We are looking forward to 
entertaining the Southern Ohio young people's conference Jan. 1-3. — 
Kathryn Kiracofe, Eaton, Ohio, Dec. 5. 

Fairview (Ohio) church met in business meeting Dec. 1. Church 
officers were elected for the coming year with Bro. Guthrie as elder. 
Bro. A. P. Musselman of Lima, Ohio, came to us on Nov. 8 to as- 
sist in a revival effort and continued two weeks. Bro. Musselman 
labored earnestly and gave spirit -filled messages each night. As a 
visible result two were baptized and there was one reconsecration. 
Our Sunday-school and morning service attendance is encouraging, the 
average for October and November being 104. — Gertrude E. Guthrie, 
Blissfield. Mich., Dec. 14. 

Trotwood church closed a successful two weeks' revival meeting 
Nov. 29. Bro. E. R. Fisher, our pastor, conducted the meetings. Ten 
were received into the church by baptism and four by letter. The 
attendance and interest during the revival were most gratifying. We 
had an impressive love feast on Nov. 28 with- about 125 present. 
These meetings proved a great blessing to the church. The women 
of the church met in October to organize our Women's Work. Sis- 
ters Hoover, Nagey and Erbaugh of the Southern Ohio cabinet were 
present. Our work has been fully organized. After two months' trial 
of the unified service, it was decided by vote to continue. — Mrs. Mil- 
ford Denlinger, Trotwood, Ohio, Dec. 15. 

Middle District. — Our homecoming day Oct. 25 was well attended. 
Bro. Henry Barnhart spoke on the Sunday-school lesson and Bro. 
J. H. Eidemiller spoke during the preaching hour. Bro. J. W. Wieand 
of Decatur, 111., brought the message in the afternoon. The church 
experienced a spiritual blessing from Oct. 25 to Nov. 8 when Bro. 
J. \V. Wieand led us in a revival, preaching eighteen forceful gospel 
sermons. He and our pastor, Bro. C. V. Coppock, made a great many 
calls in the community. As a result of these efforts ten were received 
into the church by baptism and two more since. All were adults but 
one; the church was much built up and attendance and interest were 
good throughout the revival. We appreciated the special songs by 
East Dayton and others. With Bro. C. V. Coppock as our pastor for 
another year and Bro. Byron Royer as song leader and his wife as 
pianist, we are contemplating greater things for the Lord. The church 
is considering remodeling in the near future. — I. J. Coy, Tippecanoe 
City, Ohio, Dec. 8. 

West Dayton. — The new church year was opened Oct. 4 with the in- 
stallation of the Sunday-school, church and B. Y. P. D. officers in the 
morning service. The choir was installed in the evening with a candle- 
light service and a very appropriate sermon by our pastor, Bro. J. 
Perry Prather. We co-operated with the other churches of the city 
during the eight-day preaching mission with Bro. H. H. Helman bring- 
ing us spiritual, strengthening messages. Bro. Prather held a two 
weeks' revival meeting at Ephrata, Pa., Oct. 25-Nov. 8. Bro. Galen 
Royer and Bro. N. B. Wine, both of Dayton, broke the word of life 
to us during this time. The evening services were composed of an 
old hymn night with the young people having charge of the evening 
services Nov. 8. The visiting speakers were Dr. J. R. Howe whose 
theme was "Brotherhood" and Miss Myrle Beck who spoke concern- 
ing "Christ's Attitude Toward War." This brother and sister were 
both from the U. B. Bonebrake Seminary, Dayton. Bro. Robert Noff- 
singer of the local church also spoke about the "Work of Our Church 
in the Peace Program." Bro. Prather showed pictures of subjects re- 
lated to Ephrata, Pa., Nov. 15. This service was very educational, 
both historically and spiritually. Bro. H. Spenser Minnich, the Elgin 
delegate to the National Stewardship Conference, held in Dayton, Nov. 
23. 24, brought us a very inspirational and soul-searching message on 
"Stewardship," Nov. 22. Bro. Prather delivered his third anniversary 
sermon in the evening. The pastor is holding revival meetings at New 
Carlisle, Nov. 30-Dec. 13. Bro. Helman will fill the pulpit during the 
pastor's absence. The love feast and communion were observed Nov. 
29. Our attendance has shown an increase over the same period of 
October and November last year. The work of the Lord is progressing 
among our adults and very much so among our young people and chil- 
dren.— J. W. Detrick, Dayton, Ohio, Dec. 7. 


Ephrata church benefited spiritually by a two weeks' revival held 
Nov. 2 to 16 with Bro. Perry Prather of Dayton, Ohio, evangelist. He 
preached the Word of God earnestly. He not only was an excellent 
preacher but also a personal worker. As a result of the meetings six- 
teen were added to the church by baptism. On Thanksgiving Day 
our church held services in the morning conducted by our home min- 

isters—Pastor Alvin Wenger, Bro. Nathan Kilhefner, Galen Kilhefner, 
Amos Martin, Abe Zuck, Wilbur Martin. Our organ dedication was 
held Nov. 29. The presentation of the organ was given by Galen Kil- 
hefner and the sermon by our pastor in the morning. We also had a 
fine program in the afternoon and evening. Bro. Jas. M. Moore, pastor 
of the Lititz church, delivered the address in the afternoon on The 
Philosophy of Church Music— Mrs. Allen Mohler, Ephrata, Pa., Dec. 5. 
Fredericksburg.— Our love feast was held at the Meyer house Oct. 10 
and 11 starting at 10 A. M. Some splendid messages were brought 
by the following: Bro. John Heckman of Polo, 111., who officiated; 
Bro. Greene Shively, Samuel S. Starook, Chas. Zeigler, Elias Frantz. 
Nov. 22 a revival started at the Fredericksburg house with Bro. Ben 
Ebersole of Hershey in charge. For two weeks we had a fine meet- 
ing and as a result four confessed Christ. Thanksgiving meeting 
was held at the Meyer house. Bro. Ben Ebersole gave an interesting 
message. The council meeting was held at the Meyer house. Bro. 
Ira Gibble and Nathan Martin were present also for the installation 
of Brother and Sister Ammon Merkey. Moonshine church, which 
closed Oct. 18 for remodeling, was opened Dec. 11 for dedication serv- 
ices. This is a union church and on Saturday night Rev. Geo. Deisher 
of Jonestown preached; on Sunday forenoon, Bro. Irwin Heisey; in 
the afternoon. Rev. Henry Light; in the evening, I. B. Koons. The 
church is 100 years old. — Mrs. Annie L. Weaver, Fredericksburg, Pa., 
Dec. 15. 

Lebanon. — Our pastor is conducting special Sunday evening serv- 
ices; the interest and attendance are exceptionally good. Singing 
of the favorite hymns of the church and special types of music feature 
each service. Sunday evening, Nov. 22, Rev. White's colored mem- 
bers of Sheridan presented a half hour program of sacred music 
which was enjoyed by a large audience. A father and son meeting 
was held Nov. 24 with a good attendance. The main speaker of the 
evening was Rev. Chamberlin, pastor of the Lutheran church, who 
brought a splendid address. At this time the men of the church ef- 
fected an organization for men's work, by electing E. E. Meyer, pres- 
ident. The mothers and daughters' organization served the dinner. 
Bro. Carl Zeigler is in charge of our midweek services at present. 
Nov. 26 at 10 o'clock Bro. Lester Royer brought us the Thanksgiving 
message. Our Thanksgiving offering will be used in the support of 
the Lake Ridge church. Our elder, Nathan Martin, conducted a suc- 
cessful series of evangelistic meetings in the Annville church Nov. 
15-29. Nov. 29 the junior B. Y. P. D. presented a program during the 
Christian Workers' period. Nov. 29 our morning sermon was deliv- 
ered by Bro. Zeigler — the message of the Book of Jonah which was 
very interesting and inspirational. Last Sunday morning the pastor 
spoke on How Far Is It to Church? Dec. 6 at our C. W. service Bro. 
A. L. Stauffer spoke on Business and Religion. — Mrs. P. G. Edris, 
Lebanon, Pa., Dec. 12. 

Lost Creek (Free Spring house). — Sept. 28 our pastor opened our re- 
vival, which lasted two weeiks, closing with the love feast Oct. 11, 
when about 185 surrounded the Lord's tables. The interest and at- 
tendance of our meeting were good. As a direct result two confessed 
Christ and united with the church through baptism. — J. A. Buffenmyer, 
Bunkertown, Pa., Dec. 5. 

Palmyra. — On the evening of Sept. 10 the mothers and daughters 
held their quarterly meeting and had a covered dish luncheon with 
the fathers and sons as guests. Bro. Dan West gave an address. 
Sept. 13 we held our harvest services when four of our ministers gave 
short talks. Sept. 27 Sister B. Mary Royer gave interesting talks 
both morning and evening. On the evening of Oct. 18 we had a pro- 
gram of sacred songs given by the Sunshine quartet of Bethlehem, Pa. 
Oct. 25 Bro. A. D. Helser gave us an interesting, challenging address 
in the morning service. In the evening the churches of our town met 
in a great rally. Bro. A. C. Baugher of Elizabethtown brought the 
address. Oct. 27 the mothers and daughters of our church presented 
a program in the Harrisburg church, the title being The Ten Brides. 
The ministerial meeting of Eastern Pennsylvania convened in our 
church Nov. 3-5. It was a very good meeting with large attendance. 
Sunday evening, Nov. 8, Brother and Sister D. I. Pepple began our 
revival and closed on the 22nd. Bro. Pepple preached strong, clear 
gospel sermons. As an immediate result six accepted Christ. This 
was our second evangelistic meeting for the year. Our love feast was 
held on Nov. 29. Brethren G. N. Falkenstein, M. J. Weaver and Paul 
Weaver were visiting ministers. Bro. Falkenstein officiated. — Mrs. 
Moses Groy, Palmyra, Pa., Dec. 4. 

Pleasant Hill. — We closed a two weeks' meeting Nov. 29 with Bro. 
L. B. Harshberger as evangelist. The attendance was hindered by a 
scarlet fever epidemic developing the first week, but in spite of sick- 
ness and bad weather we feel we had a successful meeting. Five 
souls were won for Christ. Although without a pastor since Bro. 
Grant E. Weaver left us Sept. 1, we continue to have all regular serv- 
ices. Local ministers have been preaching every Sunday morning and 
evening; among these have been Bro. Ordo Pletcher and Sister Elsie 
Berg, two young people of our own congregation who have been very 
helpful. Our congregation showed a marked increase under Bro. 
Weaver's pastorate and he and his wife are greatly missed in the 
church and community. Bro. Tobias Henry is acting as our elder. 
At the last quarterly council held Sept. 29, the following officers were 
elected for the year: Elder, T. F. Henry; secretary, D. I. Rhodesj 
treasurer, Galen Metzger; president of Women's Work, Mrs. S. B. 
Carney. Sisters Elsie Berg and Sophy Anstead were delegates to dis- 
trict meeting. Our love feast was held Oct. 18 with Bro. John H. 
Clawson officiating. The young people have their regular meetings 
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17. We had a cash rally recently for the Old Folks' Home with pleas- 
ing results.— Sophy Anstead, Johnstown, Pa., Dec. 7. 

Roaring Spring. — We held our love feast Oct. 18 with the pastor, 
Eld. S. P. Early, officiating. On Oct. 19 our pastor began a week's 
meeting in the Upper Claar church and officiated at their love feast 
Oct. 25. In his absence Bro. Paul R. Voder of Huntingdon, Pa., filled 
the pulpit both morning and evening, bringing two good messages. 
Nov. 1 we had the great privilege of having with us Bro. M. R. 
Zigler of Elgin, Brethren H. Stover and Kulp and Albert D. Helser, 
missionaries from Africa. The meeting was for our district, being 
held in the Roaring Spring church. Their visit was certainly worth 
while, as already much more interest is being manifest in foreign mis- 
sions. At our council Dec. 7 church officers were elected for the 
coming year: our pastor, S. P. Early, re-elected elder; church clerk, 
Ross Berkhimer; trustee, Elmer Hoover. Our finance board consists 
of eight men and two women. We decided at our council to support 
a missionary on the foreign field next year. Our pastor is teaching 
evangelism at the midweek services, in preparation for our revival 
meetings the beginning of February, when Bro. Tobias Henry from 
Johnstown will be with us.— Mrs. Elmer Hoover, Roaring Springs, 
Pa., Dec 15. VIRGINIA 

New BetheL — Our communion service was held on Oct. 24. Breth- 
ren I. H. Shaver and B. T. Naff of Bethlehem congregation assisted 
our pastor. Bro. Shaver remained for several days, during which 
time he delivered some fine gospel sermons. These meetings and 
communion services were well attended and very edifying. Bro. L. A. 
Bowman, our new pastor, is enthusiatic over his work. Under his 
guidance our church activities are keeping up well. At the last 
council meeting decisive steps were taken to finance the completion 
of our church. The young people have been very active under the 
leadership of Miss Berta Thompson. A fine program was rendered 
by this group on Thanksgiving night. We were happy to have Bro. 
Bowman and his wife with us on this occasion. — Louise Owen, Chat- 
ham, Va., Dec. 12. WISCONSIN 

Stanley church met in business meeting Dec. 8. In the absence of 
our elder, Bro. D. D. Funderburg, our pastor, Bro. Lewis Hyde, pre- 
sided. The church decided to ask the young people to transfer the 
penny-a-day project from the church debt to the parsonage debt. 
The Sunday-school and church treasurers gave favorable reports. 
Church officers were elected for the year: Bro. D. D. Funderburg, 
retained as elder; Bro. Geo. W. Cripe, re-elected on the board of 
trustees for three years; Bro. Flora, church treasurer; Sister Frieda 
Miller, church clerk; Mrs. Jacob Winkler, Messenger agent and cor- 
respondent. The church unanimously voted to instruct the clerk to 
write a letter of appreciation to the board of administration for their 
help in alleviating our church debt and also to the Lutheran people 
for their generosity in reducing the debt. The church is very much 
encouraged over this transaction; we feel that a heavy burden has 
been lifted. — Mrs. Jacob Winkler, Stanley, Wis., Dec. 14. 

The Church of the Brethren 

Formerly Called Dunkers 

1. This body of Christians originated in the eighteenth century, the 
church being a natural outgrowth of the Pietistic movement following 
the Reformation. 

2. Firmly accepts and teaches the fundamental evangelical doctrines 
of the inspiration of the Bible, the personality of the Holy Spirit, the 
virgin birth, the deity of Christ, the sin-pardoning value of his atone- 
ment, his resurrection from the tomb, ascension and personal and vis- 
ible return, and resurrection both of the just and unjust (John 5 : 28, 
29; 1 Thess. 4: 13-18). 

3. Observes the following New Testament rites: Baptism of penitent 
believers by trine immersion for the remission of sins (Matt. 28: 19; 
Acts 2:38); feet-washing (John 13:1-20; 1 Tim. 5:10); love feast 
(Luke 22:20; John 13:4; 1 Cor. 11:17-34; Jude 12); communion (Matt. 
26:26-30); the Christian salutation (Rom. 16:16; Acts 20:37); proper 
appearance in worship (1 Cor. 11:2-16); the anointing for healing in 
the name of the Lord (James 5:13-18; Mark 6:13); laying on of 
hands (Acts 8:17; 19:6: 1 Tim. 4:14). These rites are representative 
of spiritual facts which obtain in the lives of true believers and as 
such are essential factors in the development of the Christian life. 

4. Emphasizes daily devotion for the individual and family worship 
for the home (Eph. 6:18-20; Philpp. 4:8, 9); stewardship of time, tal- 
ents and money (Matt. 25:14-30); taking care of the fatherless, 
widows, poor, sick and aged (Acts 6: 1-7). 

5. Opposes on Scriptural grounds: War and the taking of human 
life (Matt. 5:21-26, 43, 44; Rom. 12:19-21; Isa. 53:7-12); violence in 
personal and industrial controversy (Matt. 7:12; Rom. 13:8-10); in- 
temperance in all things (Titus 2:2; Gal. 5:19-26; Eph. 5:18); going 
to law, especially against our Christian brethren (1 Cor. 6:1-9); di- 
vorce and remarriage except for the one Scriptural reason (Matt. 19: 
9); every form of oath (Matt. 5:33-37; James 5:12); membership in 
secret, oath-bound societies (2 Cor. 6: 14-18); games of chance and sin- 
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Books for Your Pastor 

Timely for the CHRISTMAS Season 


A Few Dollars Will Go Far Towards Helping to Solve 
"What Shall I Give My Pastor for Christmas?" 

The Son of God, by Albert Payson Terhune 

The Modern Parent, by Garry Cleveland Myers 

The Life of D. L. Miller, by Bess Bates 

The Business of Being a Mother, by Maud Wilde 

The Gospel of Luke, by Charles Erdman 

The World's Best Poems 

How I Know God Answers Prayer, 

by Rosalind Goforth 
The Bible Story, by William Canton 
Life of Christ, by Giovanni Papini 
Church Finance, by William H. Leach 
The Parables of Jesus, by George A. Butterick 
Paul of Tarsus, by T. R. Glover 
Jesus or Christianity, by Kirby Page 
A Guide to Preachers, by A. E. Garvie 
Personal Power, by William L. Stidger 
Constructive Citizenship, by L. P. Jacks 
Fast Hold on Faith, by Henry Howard 
The Mind of the Master, by Ian Maclaren 
Cyclopedia of Evangelism, by Charles L. Godell 
The Wicket Gate, by G. A. Studdert Kennedy 
Not Slothful in Business, by Herbert A. Bosch 
The Parallel New Testament, by James Moffatt 
The Public Worship of God, by J. R. P. Sclater 
New Tabernacle Sermons, by T. DeWitt Talmage 
The Cross in Christian Experience, by W. M. Clow 
The World's Best Humorous Anecdotes, 

by J. G. Lawson 
Putting the Church on a Full-Time Basis, 

by A. W. Beaven 
My Message to Sunday-school Workers, 

by Marion Lawrance 
Leaves From the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic, 

by Reinold Niebhur 
Greatest Thoughts About Jesus Christ, 

by J. Gilchrist Lawion 
Illustrative Incidents for Public Speakers, 
Poems of Pep and Point for Public Speaking, 

by Will H. Brown 
Funeral Sermons and Outline Addresses, 

by William E. Ketcham 
Many Mansions (Sermons on Immortality) 

by John MacNeill 
The Making of the Christian Mind, 

by Gaius Glenn Atkins 
Apostolic Optimism, 

The Preacher — His Life and Work, by J. H. Jowett 
The Pastor His Own Evangelist, 
The Twelve, by Charles R. Brown 
Preaching in the New Era, 

edited by Elmore McNeill McKee 
The Road to Faith, by Winifred Kirkland 
Kagawa, by William Axling 

Mothers and Their Sons, edited by J. Harold Gwynne 
The Impatience of a Parson, by H. R. L. Shepard 
Great Themes of the Christian Faith, 

arranged by Charles W. Ferguson 

The Changing Family, by George W. Fiske 

The Inevitable Christ, 

The Lord of Life and Death, by J. D. Jones 

Christ and Human Suffering, 

The Christ of the Indian Road, by E. Stanley Jones 

Our Bible— What's In It? by Arthur W. Kelly 

Bible Cross- Word Puzzle Book, by S. K. Davis 

My Life and Story of the Gospel Hymns, 

by Ira D. Sankey 
With Mercy and With Judgment, 

by Alexander Whyte 
Lord, Teach Us to Pray, 
Men Whom Jesus Made, 
Bible Types of Modern Women, First Series, 

by W. Mackintosh Mackay 
The Training of the Twelve, 
The Miraculous Element in the Gospels, 
The Humiliation of Christ, by Alexander B. Bruce 
Follow Thou Me, 

A Quest for Souls, by George W. Truett 
The Ten Commandments, 
What to Preach, by Henry Sloane Coffin 
Representative Men of the Bible, Vol. I, 
Representative Men of the Bible, Vol. II, 
Representative Men of the Bible, Vol. Ill, 

by George Matheson 
Know Your Bible, 
Bible Sayings, 

Go Till You Guess, by Amos R. Wells 
Ever Open Door, 
Gateways of the Stars, 
Highways to the Heart, by G. H. Morrison 
Men That Count, 
Sermons on Biblical Characters, 
More Sermons on Biblical Characters, 
Sermons on Old and New Testament Characters, 

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100 Prayer Meeting Talks and Plans, 
100 Revival Sermons and Outlines, 
100 Great Texts and Their Treatment, 
1,000 Thoughts for Funeral Occasions, 

by Frederick Barton 

1.000 Evangelistic Illustrations, 
300 Evangelist Sermon Outlines, 
Cyclopedia of Sermon Outlines, 

1.001 Illustrations for Pulpits and Platforms, 

by Aquilla Webb 
Contrary Winds, 
David, King of Israel, 
Paul, the Missionary, 
The Miracles of Our Savior, 
Bible Biographies, by W. M. Taylor 
The Evangelistic Encyclopedia, 
100 Choice Sermons for Children, 
300 Five Minute Sermons for Children, 
100 Best Sermons for Special Days and Occasions, 
Cyclopedia of Sermon Outlines for Special Days and 
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much higher price in the past. They cover a wide 
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Elgin, III., January 9, 1937 

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In This Number 

Editorial — 

Daily Devotions (C. N. E.) 2 

More Than Your Money Is Worth (H. A. B.) 3 

It Will Take More Outdoing (E. F.) 3 

Can the Church College Live? (E. F.) 3 

He Liked What the Book Said (E. F.) 4 

Kingdom Gleanings 16,17 

The General Forum — 

Like the Wind (Verse). By Myra Brooks Welch 5 

Stop, Look, Listen! By W. I. T. Hoover 5 

Man-Building. By O. D. Eller 6 

Christianity and Pessimism. By Edwin E. Jacobs 6 

A Prayer (Verse). By Lucile Long 7 

Why a Church College Education? By Mary Polk El- 

lenberger 8 

Christian Fellowship. By Quincy Leckrone 9 

The Itinerant Church Member. By D. O. Cottrell 10 

The Church an Educational Institution. By Leander 

Smith 11 

The Ministerial List. By C. H. Shamberger 11 

Victims of the Depression. By Roy White 12 

Home and Family — 

The Master's Picture (Verse). By John E. Mohler 13 

When Bob Gave God a Chance.— No. 8. By Eleanor R. 

Freese 13 

Verdict (Verse). By Vera Emmert Johansen 14 

Little Talks on Big Doctrines. By Effie and Earl W. 

Roop 15 

A Child's Faith. By Chester E. Shuler 15 

Our Mission Work — 

At Our Tent Door. By Anna E. Lichty 18 

What to Pray For. By Frances S. Smith 18 

Junior Worship Program. By Elizabeth Weigle 19 

Friendly Share Letters. By Elsie N. Shickel 20 

The Church at Work— 

A Word to Sunday-school Superintendents; A Teachers' 
Meeting That Increases the Teacher's Efficiency; Lives 
of Pioneer Missionaries; What Produces a Leader? 
Second Fellowship Dinner, Eastern Maryland; Missions 
and Youth; World Day of Prayer; Women's Report 
Blanks; Supplementary Helps; Stewardship in the Chil- 
dren's Curriculum 21-23 

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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1937 


Let Us Get Grain 

"Let us get grain, that we may eat and live" 

Read NehemiaJh 5: 1-5 


This is the cry of a depressed peo- 
ple — we must eat! Conditions were 
desperate : children sold into slavery 
and a few rich profiteers buying up the 
land. Nehemiah's energy had been 
consumed in the great undertaking of 
rebuilding the wall, but now he was 
forced to turn to an immediate eco- 
nomic problem. 

The world has never been free from 
the cry for food. Whether from China, 
the bootleg coal fields of Pennsylvania 
or the great plains of the West — it is 
the primitive cry which anyone can 
hear who puts his ear to the ground. 
The good news of Christ has made the 
world more sensitive than ever before 
to humanity's struggles, but mankind's 
first need and our first need is not 
grain, but the bread and water of life — 
the Lord himself. 

O Lord, we pray for those who 
have not grain this day and pray that 
thou wouldst give to us the sharing 
spirit. Amen. 

Social Action 

"I pray you, let us leave off this usury" 

Read Nehemiah 5: 6-13 


Doubtless some in the company of 
Israel felt that a spiritual leader like 
Xehemiah should not bother with such 
economic affairs as mortgages and in- 
terest rates. But when action was 
necessary Xehemiah did not hesitate, 
and he began his preaching by includ- 
ing himself. The result was almost 

Our spiritual profession must be ac- 
companied by a real spirit of love and 
a genuine sharing for the gospel can 
not be divorced from everyday living. 
It is important too to remember that 
one can be just as selfish with five dol- 
lars as with five thousand. Too often 
we think that only a rich man can be 
selfish and so excuse ourselves. 

O Father, we would serve thee in 
every word and deed. Amen. 

Personal Integrity 

"So did not I, because of the fear of God" 
Read Nehemiah 5: 14-19 

Here is a great picture of public trust 
and personal worth. Xehemiah did not 


accept the usual rewards of his office, 
and what was more, he did not take ad- 
vantage of the situation to buy land 
cheapened by necessity. He bought 
nothing at tax sales and foreclosed no 
mortgages. On the positive side, he 
spread a bountiful table with generous 
hospitality and paid for it all out of his 
own purse rather than accept the tax 
money of poor people. What an un- 
usual public official Nehemiah was and 
he frankly tells us his secret — he feared 
God! Not that he was afraid of God, 
but he reverenced God. He wanted to 
do what his God would have him do 
and what a difference that made! 

O Father, bless this day all those in 
positions of public trust. Amen. 

No Interruptions 

"I am doing a great work, so that I can not 
come down" 

Read Nehemiah 6: 1-9 


This is perhaps the most familiar 
verse in Nehemiah and it deserves to 
be. Nehemiah had posted signs, No In- 
terruptions, but his enemies were mak- 
ing one last effort — they invited him 
to a conference. Where scorn and 
threats of force had failed they thought 
perhaps the gloved hand would succeed, 
but Nehemiah's answer was pointed 
and clear — " I can not come down." 

Here was a great temptation — the 
temptation to stop work and ■ confer. 
This is an easy temptation to fall into, 
and when once we have listened it is 
so much more difficult to return to the 
work. Satan's first move is to have us 
stop and hear his plans, but many who 
listen are lost. The best way to deal 
with temptation is to refuse to come 


The Experiment of the Jerusalem 

Read Acts 4 : 32-37. 

This experiment has often been re- 
ferred to as communistic, but one 
should notice how it differs from com- 
munism as it is known in Rassia. This 
was voluntary while communism is 
built- upon force. As far as we know 
the experiment of a common treasury 
was not attempted by other churches 
and even the Jerusalem church gave it 
up after a short trial. The Christian 
principle would seem to be voluntary 
loving sharing. 

O Lord, give us strength to resist 
evil and refuse to listen to temptation. 


"That I should be afraid, and do so, and sin" 
Read Nehemiah 6: 10-14 


Would it have been a sin for Nehe- 
miah to be afraid? He seems to im- 
ply that it would. He was the leader 
of the people and for him to flee to 
the temple in time of danger would 
have caused panic among the people. 
He had no right to try to save himself 
while others were exposed. 

Have we as Christians the right to be 
fearful? What have we to fear? And 
yet how easy it is to be afraid! How 
anxious and disturbed we are about the 
future ! How we worry, often over 
such minor matters ! For many of us, 
like Nehemiah, our fears are sin. Our 
attitude should be one of trust not fear. 
Those who know not the Lord should 
be afraid, but not we who know that 
nothing can separate us from Christ. 

O Lord, thy house is indeed a house 
of refuge but may we go there in love 
and not in fear. Amen. 

It Can't Be Done 

"So the wall was finished" 
Read Nehemiah 6: 15-19 

There were many within Israel and 
without who said, " It can't be done." 
For almost a hundred years the wall 
had been in ruins, the temple had been 
rebuilt, but no one had attempted to re- 
build the walls of the city. And then 
in fifty-two days Nehemiah accom- 
plished the impossible. So it is with 
many impossible things that folks say 
can't be done — some one does them. 
There are things in the church which 
we say can't be done, but if some one 
took hold of them we would be sur- 
prised how quickly they could be fin- 
ished. In every community are condi- 
tions which remain disgraceful simply 
because no one will put forth the ef- 
fort to remedy them. The moral walls 
of our nation have been in ruins since 
the World War and will remain so un- 
til some one is willing to sacrifice him- 
self for their rebuilding. 

Our Cod, we thank thee that al- 
though with men many things are im- 
possible with thee all things are pos- 
sible. Amen. 




H. A. BRANDT— Assistant Editor 

Vol. 86 

Elgin, 111., January 9, 1937 

No. 2 


More Than Your Money Is Worth 

There are not many situations in which one will ob- 
ject to receiving more than his money is worth. We 
are not thinking of unfair advantage, but of cases 
where excess value is admitted, even freely offered. 

Take the lure that bargains have for most people, 
Brethren included. The bait in such cases is more for 
the dollar, which the purchaser may even fondly hope 
is more than his money is worth. Yes, you are a rare 
individual indeed if you have not felt certain stirrings 
within at the prospect of getting more than your 
money is worth. 

Perhaps there are exceptions. Have you ever felt 
that the sermon was too long or the worship service 
tedious ? Yes, here is a case where it seems people do 
not want more than their money is worth. Or is it? 
There are sermons and services where time is forgot- 
ten and extra measure accepted with gratitude. Is 
man the only variable? No. Sermons are different 
and that explains a lot. H. a. b. 

It Will Take More Outdoing 

Not many years ago the nations outlawed war. They 
solemnly promised each other never to resort to it 
again. But that did not keep war out. It did not keep 
nations from breaking their word. 

Not very long ago this country outlawed liquor. But 
that did not keep the liquor out. So it withdrew the 
ban of outlawry, giving its solemn promise that the 
saloon should not return. But that did not keep it out. 
It simply changed its name and came right back. 

We believe it better that the law should be against, 
rather than for, such bad things as war and liquor. But 
it takes more than law to get rid of them. It takes 
character and conviction in the hearts of people. 

Outlawing is not half enough. It's going to take a 
lot of outliving and outloving and outdying to complete 
this job. e. f. 

Can the Church College Live? 

First Installment of the College Dinner Address, Hershey Conference, 
1936. Printed by Request of the General Education Board. 

Let me relieve your suspense at once by assuring 
you that the church college can live. It can live, if it 
has the price. It is of that price that I wish to speak. 

The church college stands for the spiritual inter- 
pretation of the universe and of human life. That is 
its excuse for being, its sufficient reason for trying to 

Fresh and valuable testimony to the soundness of 
this reason is given by the recent publication of The 
Return to Religion, a book by Dr< Henry C. Link, di- 
rector of the Psychological Service Center of New 
York. Its value lies in the fact that the author's own 
return to religious faith came out of his experience as 
a psychologist and counselor to troubled minds. He 
found God again, not by disregarding the findings of 
scientific inquiry but by going on in the direction which 
they pointed. And his own experience, he says, is 
that of many others with whom his work has brought 
him into close acquaintance. 

His discussion is a veritable tonic for the times. He 
sums up his conclusions in these words : ' There can 
be no solution to life's deeper problems, no increased 
happiness for the individual, through science alone. 
. . . Unless the sciences are subordinated to the 
homely facts of living, they will destroy rather than 
liberate the minds which created them. They must be 
subordinated to faith, to a religious belief in certain 
values of life which are fundamental and which no 
logic can displace." 

There is more than one way of stating the high cost 
of survival for the Christian college. One such way 
I wish to indicate tonight by mentioning several things 
which I think the church college must do if it would 
live. And may I register here my strong conviction 
that if it does these things well, the possibility will be- 
come a certainty. It can live not only, but it will. 

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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1937 

I. The church college must foster confidence in the 
supreme worth of truth. 

It must not be afraid. It must not act as if it were 
afraid that somebody might discover something that 
would be embarrassing to religion and the church. It 
must assure its patrons that the truth is always safe 
and that it is able to vindicate itself in the presence of 
any truth-loving mind. It must encourage free and 
unlimited inquiry into all realms of thought and fact, 
asking only and insisting always that the inquiry be 
reverent and sincere. 

The times demand this attitude, and even if they did 
not, any other would be foolish. The thirst for knowl- 
edge is legitimate and wholesome. The church college 
should try to quench it, not to squelch it. 

Did you ever note what high tribute Jesus paid to 
Christian scholarship in his remark about the possibili- 
ties of the converted scribe (Matt. 13: 52) ? If unlet- 
tered fishermen and tax collectors could see what he 
was getting at, in trying to explain the kingdom of 
heaven, how great the prospect for the trained expert 
who would become a disciple to the kingdom ! Like 
the man who is a householder, he could bring forth out 
of his treasure things new and old. 

This need of fostering confidence in the value of all 
truth, the long established and the newly found, has 
a special application particularly pertinent to present 
need. I know of no service in the realm of Christian 
education more timely. I mean this : The church col- 
lege should welcome the fact of law in God's world and 
help the people to understand its meaning. 

This great discovery of science is still new to some 
and the church as a whole has not yet grasped its full 
significance. It means that God has a uniformly 
consistent and dependable way of operating the uni- 
verse which he has made. It means that we can bank 
on him absolutely. It means that we no longer have to 
placate him as men once thought, but only to under- 
stand him and appropriate him. We work together 
with him, and that not on rare occasions only and in a 
few of life's finer specialties, but always and in every- 
thing. In fact we live and move and have our being 
in him. What an incalculable gain to religion and all 
that we hold precious, to have found this out at last ! 

Now we know that God was not only in the begin- 
ning (Gen. 1:1), but that all things hold together in 
him (Col. 1: 17). Wherein is Paul's philosophy of 
ultimate reality any the less scientific than White- 
head's principle of concretion, or Wieman's process of 
integration? If some men who talk and write of sci- 
entific matters knew the difference between method 
and force, or at the least had been gifted with the sav- 
ing sense of humor, they would not mistake mere con- 
sistency of sequences for creative energy. And the sil- 
ly soliloquizer mentioned in two ancient psalms (14 

and 53) would have fewer followers today. And if 
the same insight were possessed by some men who talk 
and write of things religious, they would not be trying 
in desperation to save a few small corners of the uni- 
verse from the encroachment of law as if God were 
about to be crowded out entirely. They would rejoice 
in the infinitely greater glory of him which is expressed 
in the constant ongoing of stars and seasons and all 

There is a river which flows through the valley and 
city where I live and it makes all the inhabitants there- 
of glad. Besides being good to look upon, it turns mill 
wheels, waters gardens, cools the tongues of thirsty cat- 
tle and delights lovers who go boating in the moon- 
light on its placid waters. It has this interesting hab- 
it : throughout its course it follows a well defined 
channel or river bed. But it is the river, not the river 
bed, which does all the pleasant things noted above, and 
it does them much more surely and efficiently than if it 
ran promiscuously about the town and countryside as 
some less well-behaved rivers have been known to do. 
Imagine our disappointment and disgust if, on arising 
some morning, we found it running all over our front 
yard or, worse yet, right through the living room. It 
never does. It isn't that kind of a river. We like it 
immensely for its reliability and consistency. 

Law, in God's world, is that uniformity in the suc- 
cession of events, by virtue of which, given the same 
conditions, the same thing always happens. Law is the 
river bed through which the river of Infinite Energy 
runs. It is the river, not the river bed, that turns the 
mill wheels of the universe. It is time that people, 
certainly the people who go to college, knew this sim- 
ple but significant truth. It is the task of the Christian 
college to see that they do. E. F. 

He Liked What the Book Said 

The Literary Editor just came in with an open book 
in his hand and a half smile on his face which told me 
at once that he had something up his sleeve. He began 
by asking whether Babson is a great man or an old 
fogy and continued by saying he writes like an old- 
time Brethren preacher. Whatever that may imply as 
to Brethren preachers ! 

Then he read a few sentences to the general effect 
that church attendance is one of the country's greatest 
needs and that in order to secure it the church ought 
to be something more than a social club. There are 
trick ways of getting the folks to come once, or twice, 
but to hold them, this old fogy or great man, whatever 
he is, thinks there's nothing like the gospel of Christ. 
If it is really that, for that, he says, is what the heart 
of the common man is hungry for. 

And the Literary Editor thinks he is right. So do a 
great many other sensible people. e. f. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1937 


Like the Wind 


Like the soft, silken rustle of the breeze 
That gently shuts at eventide the rose, 
And rocks to sleep the nestlings in the trees — 
From whither it comes drifting no one knows . . . 
Like the strong wind that sweeps the forest aisle- 
From whence it leaps or where at length it goes 
Is kept a secret in its breast, the while 
It stirs to action ere it seeks repose. 
Like the storm wind that shrieks across the night 
And bows the strongest oak tree by its might, 
That comes and goes and asks no man his will, 
Then dies away till all is breathless . . . still . . . 
Like the wind . . . we sense it, feel it, hear it . . 
So, says our Lord, is he, born of the Spirit. 
La Verne, Calif. 

Stop, Look, Listen! 


The above title is a common sign at railroad cross- 
ings. The failure to observe such properly may re- 
sult in a tragedy. This sign may equally well be ap- 
plied in other relations. For example : This is a time 
of revolution — political, social, economic, moral and 
religious. The issues involved are as basic and far- 
reaching as they were in the sixteenth century, espe- 
cially the moral and religious ones. The political and 
economic clashes are in evidence to everyone, not only 
through the public press, the magazine and the book, 
but also in strikes, sabotage and on the battlefield. 
With fear and trembling thousands await the outcome. 
But when we get through the revolution which may 
require another century, this will be a better world in 
which to live. During the thousands of years of civi- 
lization the nations witnessed many revolutions to them 
as severe as these are to us. But that we are in the 
" Last Days," whatever such an indefinite time may 
mean, is questionable. One familiar with church his- 
tory has noticed many such waves of enthusiasm dur- 
ing the past nineteen centuries concerning these " Last 
Days." At each period the same scriptures are quoted 
and recent events enumerated to prove the " Last 
Days " are upon them. Such a wave of enthusiasm, 
and in numerous cases bordering on fanaticism, is now 
passing over the Christian world. But in the light of 
history what confidence can we have in the present 
predictions? Why spend so much time and energy on 
this speculative question? Were it not better to de- 
vote one's time to getting the world ready for our 
Lord's second coming? According to his teaching on 
various occasions it seems he will be better pleased 
with our endeavors than with speculation about the 
time of his return and the nature of these " Last 

Days." And this is written in the light of history, 
philosophy and religion. The writer's position is that 
we are in the dawn or morning of civilization and not 
the sundown or evening of civilization. Such state- 
ments show the writer to be a philosophical idealist 
and optimist. 

The writer well remembers the rise of an issue or 
theological belief in the close of the eighties which 
reached its climax in the nineties, viz., that the pyra- 
mids of Egypt reveal evidence of divine inspiration 
of their pagan builders. They were thought to reveal 
that we are now in the " Last Days," with the climax 
expected to occur at any moment. But that the pagan 
builders of the pyramids in the fourth millennium B. 
C. embodied ideas prophetic of these " Last Days " in 
the Christian era seems but solemn nonsense. There 
is no question concerning the motives or character of 
those who hold such beliefs and advocate them, but 
only a question as to their logical and historical judg- 
ments concerning such interpretative conclusions. 

This Pacific coast region has all the fads and frills 
and " philosophies " of the eastern section of the 
United States and then some more because of our 
facing westwards, which brings to us all the bizarre 
notions of Oriental mysticism. This western re- 
gion is good soil for such because the people 
come from " Dan to Beersheba and beyond the 
borders." The eastern section of the United States 
is far more conservative than the western sec- 
tion. The more daring, restless and speculative 
are the ones who migrated westwards during the past 
one hundred years. But now this wave of restless hu- 
manity is piling up on the Pacific coast. It were a 
good thing to study history, and especially the history 
of all radical religious movements, before accepting 
them. It is becoming tragic, the amount of money 
flowing into the treasuries of these radical movements 
from the more pious and godly members of the well- 
established churches. If these contributions were 
placed in the treasuries of their own churches the total 
amounts would be surprising. 

The chief supporters of these tangential movements 
come from the more pious and godly portion of the 
orthodox churches. They are always in search of new 
truth, or at least that which confirms them more in 
their position or harmonizes with their own theo- 
logical beliefs. It seems to the writer that if more 
articles would appear in the religious press, especially 
the denominational papers, exposing these fanatics and 
showing the overemphasis which some of the well- 
established doctrines receive and which overshadows 
much that is artificial and bizarre and thus sanctifies 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1937 

the mere legalistic and verbalistic nature of their rea- 
soning, it would tend to stop a considerable portion of 
this exodus from the churches into these offshoots of 
religious fervor. 

And if the clergy who are qualified should speak 
from the pulpit against some of those religious fads 
it would doubtless do much good. Not every preach- 
er is qualified to deal with such, as was evidenced 
when many preachers undertook to reply to Robert 
Ingersoll, when during the eighties he was at the 
height of his power as a lecturer on infidelity with spe- 
cial emphasis on the " Mistakes of Moses." It would 
probably have been more interesting to have had Moses 
lecture on the " Mistakes of Ingersoll." These zeal- 
ous preachers so often quoted Ingersoll that they only 
spread his teachings the more because of their lack of 
knowledge of history, philosophy, the Bible and logic 
to overthrow them. Hence, if one be not well pre- 
pared to meet the false teachings it were better not to 
quote such, but to content himself to preach the simple 
story of the life and teachings of the Man of Galilee, 
the Savior of mankind. 

Point of view is all-important in philosophy and the- 
ology, for if a building is erected on an insecure 
foundation, it matters not how strong or beautiful or 
ornate the superstructure may be, it will fall sooner or 
later. One may take an incidental or inconsequential 
point of view of some event, doctrine or even life- 
tenet and erect upon it a theory or interpretation ac- 
cording to the laws of logic, yet such only obscures 
its weakness and sanctifies its mere formality or ab- 
stractness. The true test is the intellectual and moral 
sanity of the race as concreted in the everyday prac- 
tical affairs of life. To change one's mind is not neces- 
sarily foolhardiness but often a mark of a growing, 
expanding, enriching mind and heart. The old saying 
is still a good one : Do not be the first to accept some- 
thing new nor the last one to discard the old. 

La Verne, Calif. 



The most valuable and interesting occupation on 
earth is man-building, building boys into strong Chris- 
tian men. This does not mean turning men's minds in- 
to military and industrial machines. The kind of build- 
ing that helps is the kind that enables an individual to 
find the place for which he is best fitted. All success 
in modern business that is true, enduring and sufficient 
is a result of man-building. 

Every one who becomes skilled in the demands of his 
work and develops in his judgment has become a dis- 
ciple of true and enduring service. To be a man- 
builder requires a sacrificial life. Just as it takes the 

fire to burn the dross from the ore, yielding in return 
the pure metal, so does it take the spirit of sacrifice in 
our lives to bring out the best within us. Trials, labor, 
grief — these are but the fire in our lives which is neces- 
sary to purify and bring out our virtues. 

Is any sacrifice in life worth while? Yes, because of 
the returns, not the returns in dollars and cents, name 
and glory, but the returns that it brings to one's self. 

Sacrifice establishes character, without which an indi- 
vidual is a floating derelict on the sea of life. 

A man who desires anything worth while must be 
willing to go the whole way for it, not merely halfway. 
" You can not dream yourself into character; you must 
forge and hammer yourself into one." Many of us 
think we will be stronger, purer, wiser, more kindly, 
more courageous by sitting in our easy chair dreaming 
day by day. Dreams are only emptiness. It is better to 
do a single loving deed or speak a single word than 
fancy ourselves the most glorious saint in heaven. 

Be a dreamer, and life will vanish in mid-air ; be a 
man-biulder and life will go marching on, conquering 
and to conquer. 

The great first work of the laymen's movement 
should be to build boys into strong Christian men for 
the kingdom of God. One can not look for changed 
lives in this man-building program who is not willing 
to pay the price of sacrifice to build changed habits, 
thoughts and actions. If we, the laymen of the broth- 
erhood, will be doers, not dreamers, our lives will be 
filled with happiness because we have had a wonderful 
privilege of forgetting ourselves in dedicating our skill 
to the good of others. 

"Wouldst thou go forth to bless, 
Be sure of thine own ground ; 
Fix well thy center first, 
Then draw thy circles round." 

Salem, Va. 

Christianity and Pessimism 

President Emeritus Ashland College 

I am quite convinced that there is a note of unwar- 
ranted pessimism in altogether too much of what pass- 
es for Christianity these days. I say this after having 
read religious journals of many diverse types over a 
long period of time and also after more than a quarter 
of a century in close association with young people in 

It seems that we have altogether forgotten the dig- 
nity of man and his exalted place in the scheme of na- 
ture, and so we have an astonishing array of articles 
dealing with the " total depravity " of man, the especial 
creation and care of God. We seem to have forgotten 
that he was created " but little lower than the angels," 
that he was crowned with " honor and glory," and that 

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A Prayer 


(Cromwell, so the story goes, said to his men before the dangerous 
battle at Dunbar, "We are engaged in an enterprise most difficultl") 

Most difficult, the enterprise we fight in! 

To live our lives serene, under thy will; 
To keep our dreams, our wishes, our desires, 

Under thy guidance still. 

Most difficult! To strive with high endeavor 
To shape the world like to thy kingdom fair; 

To work with resolute, undaunted vigor, 
Thy truth to share. 

Most difficult! Ah, God! Most difficult! 

Our flesh so weak to meet life's stern demands! 
Our dreams so high! Our victories so few! 

Strengthen our hands. 
Bridgewater, Va. 

" all things should be put under his feet." Editorials, 
sermons, tracts and even the placards along our high- 
ways, all too often call attention to man's sin and all 
too seldom to his virtues. 

I have driven across the continent and never yet 
have I seen anything on the religious billboards that 
would inspire any intelligent person. Almost without 
exception they only excite resentment and ridicule. 
" Lost sheep," " eternity," " death," " hell," and " re- 
pentance " are the words most often appearing; and 
while they do bear a message of a sort, yet never have 
I seen such expressions as " the living water," " the 
Rose of Sharon," " the triumphant life," or the " joys 
of Christian living." These, together with certain ful- 
fillments of dire prophecy, seem to represent the sum 
total of the gospel message to some Christian people. 
We even hear such messages drummed into our ears 
over the radio. 

On every hand we hear about the present day de- 
generation of morals, the young coming in for very 
sharp criticism, and in not a few cases do we read " re- 
ceipts " for " saving civilization." Everything is 
wrong. There are corrupt tastes in literature, art and 
music. Education not only in the public schools but, 
truth to tell, in our church colleges is tainted. 

Now it is easy to find fault with these elements of 
our civilization, for many will agree ; but if one wants 
to go gunning for evils, there are social evils, low 
wages, improper health conditions, chicanery and cor- 
ruption in government, war, eugenics, miscarriage of 
justice — but it is always easier and far safer to worry 
a rabbit than it is to track to its lair and kill a wildcat. 

One might well conclude from such statements that 
all the world had gone wrong, that every church mem- 
ber was a hypocrite and every youth immoral, but that 
is far from the truth. There are countless thousands 
who have not bowed the knee to Baal and who will 
not. Education is not all wrong ; and art, literature 

and music still have their sound and wholesome mes- 
sages. This two-fisted attitude of battling the world 
is as ill-advised as it is futile. 

Is there an earthquake somewhere, especially near a 
big city? It merely shows that men are being pun- 
ished for their sins, totally forgetting that science is 
working day by day to come to understand earthquakes 
and hence be able to take precautions against them. 
Does a bridge collapse and fall into the water? It on- 
ly shows that man has a vaulting ambition and that 
when he gets too heady, something will happen to clip 
his wings. And finally, does some scientist read a 
paper in which he takes issue with another man of sci- 
ence? It only goes to show that science is unadulter- 
ated folly and that it can not find certainty anywhere. 
And yet, the triumphs of science are unnumbered, for 
it has not only helped us in a material way but has 
clarified and given a sensible rationale to much of our 
morals and customs. 

Personally, I do not see the usefulness in trying to 
interpret the Christian message this way for, lacking 
proper historical perspective, we are inclined to give 
life a black outlook and mistake the little backward 
eddies for the onrushing current of events. Many 
happenings which today arouse our emotions will to- 
morrow be seen to be of little consequence, and men 
who now strut across the stage of action will soon be 
sleeping their last long sleep, wrapped in complete ob- 
livion. There is not a single event mentioned in the 
public prints today but had its counterpart in days 
long gone by, and they were exploited as vociferously 
then as now — and probably will be one hundred years 

Now any teaching which tends to discourage or un- 
nerve youth today is not good and does them a distinct 
disservice. We have thousands of upright young peo- 
ple who today are planning and preparing for the mor- 
row. They expect and deserve success and they do 
not need this spirit of pessimism. It would seem as if 
Christian people should have confidence in their own 
message, for since it saves, it ought to inspire, not de- 
press. Man as man, with all his errors, has made tre- 
mendous advance. He has struggled from savagery to 
civilization and it does us no credit to belittle him. We 
have killed the prophets and stoned those sent unto us, 
even the Lord of life himself, and there is no good rea- 
son why we should scoff at man and paint a dark fu- 
ture for him. 

If I understand the genius and spirit of Christianity 
at all, it inspires and gives hope. It lifts man and gives 
him wings, and yet by far the majority of religious 
cartoons picture him as a creature of conceit, cunning, 
sin and little more than a worm. There is certainly a 
change in the atmosphere when one comes from read- 
ing certain sections of the religious press to that of 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1937 

science. Much of the former is pessimistic and full of 
ile feat, but science has even- confidence that success 
and achievement lie before it. And yet Christianity is 
the best and biggest of them all and deserves a more 
happy outlook then is too often given to it. 

I could wish that passing events could be viewed in 
correct historical perspective and that some good thing 
could be found in the earth. 

Ashland, Oliio. 

Why a Church College Education? 


" Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man 
that getteth understanding ; for the merchandise of it is 
better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain 
thereof than fine gold " (Prov. 3 ; 13, 14). 

One will say : " I see no use in giving my son a col- 
lege education. He is going to be a farmer, and my 
daughter will marry and settle down to household cares 
and soon forget all she would learn at college. What 
would they do with a college education if they had it? 
Furthermore, the church school takes too much money 
out of the home base ; it impoverishes the church. We 
need the money to keep things going at home." 

Perhaps the boy will be a farmer ; if so, why not help 
him to be one to whom God speaks through nature in 
many different languages? " Every common bush afire 
with God, but only he takes off his shoes who sees." 
Let your boy be one who sees. Wisdom and under- 
standing will glorify the commonest task. 

Who has not witnessed the power and influence for 
good wielded by an outstanding educated Christian man 
in his home community where much depends upon 
proper leadership, upon some one taking the lead in 
Christian activities? The man without ulterior mo- 
tives, who feels responsible for the uplift and protection 
of his community, soon becomes the ideal of many 
boys and young men who lived under his beneficent in- 
fluence. One who has never known such a sterling 
character has missed a wonderful experience and a val- 
uable concrete lesson in the worth of Christian educa- 

Space forbids following out the ramifications of the 
vitalizing power of Christian education and its effects 
upon the young man's life, and upon the lives of his 

One home with an educated Christian man at its head 
will raise the standards of a community to an almost 
unbelievable degree; and its influence is especially 
strong and far-reaching if the wife, the girl "who would 
just marry and settle down to household cares anyway," 
happens also to have had the uplifting, illuminating op- 
portunities for a Christian education. Such can be- 
come an understanding and sympathetic wife, a wise 

and helpful friend and neighbor, a gracious hostess in 
a Christian home, a mother capable of training her chil- 
dren, directing their reading, recreational life and keep- 
ing step with them through their school days. A moth- 
er with such a fine sense of values in life is one of 
whom her husband and children are proud, and in 
whose companionship they find their purest joy. 

If we considered Christian education from the stand- 
point of the individual alone, his personal benefits and 
pleasures derived therefrom, it would be pre-eminently 
worth while. Yet the fact remains, one's obligations 
are determined by his opportunities. 

Fifty years ago a young girl graduated from a small 
church school and later on married a farmer. They 
lived on a lonely farm in Kansas, but she was happy 
with her husband and little son. Her books were few 
but well chosen ; she had a cottage organ. They started 
a Sunday school in the Rock schoolhouse at the foot of 
the hill. Time never hung heavily upon this mother's 
hands ; she found so many worth-while things to do. 

One evening at sunset, a covered wagon camped for 
the night in the near-by wood. It was so easy in those 
days to go to Kansas and lose all. Such had been the 
sad experience of the little family in the covered wagon. 
They tarried in camp for a few days, for their child 
was ill. The young couple did all they could for the 
family in the covered wagon, but to no avail ; the child 
died. There was no money for the burial; the young 
farmer and his wife devised a tiny box, covered and 
lined with white, to serve as a casket for the precious 
little body. The few flowers that were left by the hot 
winds were carefully gleaned and made into a wreath. 
No minister was in reach, for he who held services in 
the near-by village once each month came from a dis- 
tance. The bereaved mother asked the young woman 
who had been so kind to them in their trouble, if she 
would not read some scripture and offer a prayer, for 
she longed for her child to have a Christian burial. Our 
college girl responded wholeheartedly, read a psalm, 
spoke a few words of comfort and hope and offered a 
tender prayer for the lonely young parents and for the 
little soul whose earthly journey had been so pitifully 

There on that lonely hillside, beside the tiny mound 
so soon to be left behind by the sad parents, the influ- 
ence of the Christian college made its shining mark. 
The bereft parents went on their way comforted ; their 
little one had had the best care possible under the cir- 
cumstances. They had tasted the sweets of generous, 
neighborly kindness, and were furthermore assured that 
the little grave would be cared for as long as their new 
friend lived near the spot. And this was all because 
one young girl had the blessed opportunities afforded 
by a Christian home training, and the additional culture 
received in a church school. She had wisdom and un- 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1937 

derstanding that could not be taken from her by the 
humblest household cares, nor by painfully limited cir- 

As to impoverishing the church, we give to the 
schools our prayers, co-operation and temporal sup- 
port ; yes, then what do they do for the church ? They 
return many spiritual benefits. Our ministers, pastors, 
evangelists, missionaries, editors, contributors to our 
church literature, writers of books, consecrated laymen, 
music directors, various board and church officials, 
splendid force of teachers not only in colleges but in 
many of our public schools, Sunday schools and sum- 
mer camps and many other places being filled creditably 
by Christian college folk, causing an uplift in the moral 
and ethical standards about them, all come in large part 
from our Christian colleges. 

I know of no more direct method to impoverish the 
church spiritually, intellectually and morally than by 
neglecting our colleges. They have suffered sorely no 
doubt during the depression, and need more than ever 
before the willing and generous support of the church. 
Let us take heed to this all important truth so vital to 
our church life that " The living, moving church that 
neglects her schools, is doomed." The wise and experi- 
enced fisherman does not begrudge the minnows he uses 
for bait. 

Another timeworn and fallacious argument is that 
so many of our young people, after returning from col- 
lege, are of little or no help to the home church. Much 
to our regret this is true in some cases, but it is a regret- 
table fact also that many men and women who in their 
youth might have gone to college but failed to do so 
have become engrossed in their temporal affairs to such 
an extent, that the church is almost, if not entirely, left 
out of their life's program. 

A college education takes time and patience ; it is im- 
portant that the student have proper atmosphere and 
environment. If we had the same standards of morals 
all around us as on the church college campus, we would 
have few if any gangsters, fewer prisons and reforma- 
tories. Given proper atmosphere and uplifting envir- 
onment, one should be educated for survival, he should 
have an education that is not outmoded in a few years. 
His education should enable him to do things he never 
did before, to meet new conditions without being de- 
feated or thwarted, to be at home anywhere and in any 
company ; and above all, to be good company for him- 
self. An education which he can build to as the years 
go by must be an education for values, that he may dis- 
criminate between good and bad, right and wrong, eter- 
nal and temporal, and through it all be endowed with 
the spirit of altruism. A Christian education ties one 
up to a cause bigger than one's self ; he is caught up 
above the mire and the mud, and this enables him to live 

in the highest quality and in the highest terms of min- 

That our sons may be as plants grown up in their 
youth, and our daughters as stones polished after the 
similitude of a palace, is the prayer of every true parent 
(Psa. 144: 12). 

For ultimately if our sons and daughters are to fulfill 
God's plan, they are to become living stones in the king- 
dom of God, and as such will need the education that 
fits for survival. They will need a true sense of values, 
and the spirit of altruism, that they may give construc- 
tive service in the great cause of truth and to the glory 
of God. " Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get 
wisdom " (Prov. 4:7). 

Tekamah, Nebr. 

Christian Fellowship 


There are many kinds of fellowships in the world 
— some Christian and some otherwise. All fellow- 
ships have the same fundamental principle bringing 
them into existence. In this respect all fellowships 
are alike, not in character or kind or purpose, but in 
origin. The basic principle of fellowship is agree- 
ment when they unite, coalesce and without friction 
form a new body. The result following the union of 
two or more separate identities is a new and composite 
creation. This in the realm of spiritual things we call 

Let me use a literal illustration. Oxygen alone can 
do certain things, but there are certain other things it 
can not do alone. It can give our bodies light and 
heat, but it can not quench our thirst. So likewise 
with hydrogen, another gas. It can do some things, 
but it alone can not quench our thirst. However, when 
these two gases combine they form a product that can 
do what neither of them alone could do. They form 
water and it can quench our thirst. 

So likewise it is in the spirit world. The Spirit of 
God and the spirit of man are not alike. Each alone 
can do many things, but there are other things which 
alone neither can do. The Spirit of God alone can not 
bring about a new birth in the soul of man. Neither 
can the spirit of man alone give to his soul eternal life. 
But when the Spirit of God and the spirit of man 
unite, or become one, eternal life is born. This is the 
new birth. The old life disappeared. The spirit that 
fostered it united with the Spirit of God and a new 
product came forth, a new life. Eternal life was fixed 
in the soul to satisfy its longing for eternity. This is 
fellowship with God. Such is the fellowship that 
Abraham had with God ; or Moses, or David, or 
Elijah, or any of the ancients whose spirits united 
with that of God. The Jews had fellowship with God 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1937 

while under the law. Today we have what we call 
Christian fellowship, and we may well inquire in what 
way it differs from any other fellowship. 

Fellowship is a state of being, not a manner of act- 
ing. Working together, playing together, eating to- 
gether, is not fellowship. These acts may be an evi- 
dence of fellowship, but fellowship does not consist 
in the acting. 

The first essential fundamental to true Christian 
fellowship is found in Paul's answer to the would-be 
suicide (Acts 16: 31), who inquired what he must do 
to be saved. 

" Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt 
be saved." Christian fellowship is synonymous with 
salvation. It implies all that the new birth implies, 
and the first essential to this fellowship is a faith that 
accepts every fundamental and contributary means 
Christ has revealed whereby we may be saved. 

Two central truths stand out in the gospel upon 
which faith must fasten with a never yielding grip. 
They are the deity of Christ and the blood atonement. 

It is not for me to attempt to explain these truths, 
nor to deny them because I can not explain them. 
Paul could not explain them. He simply .passed them 
up by saying : " Great is the mystery," " God mani- 
fest in the flesh," " Crucified on the cross " ; but he 
held fast to his faith in them. I may teach about them, 
explain doctrines about them, show how they are fun- 
damental factors in the progress of my salvation; for 
by faith in them I have fellowship with God. This is 
Christian fellowship affecting only God and myself. 
This fellowship I can have independent of any other 
man. There are no circumstances that can make this 
fellowship impossible. 

But there is still a larger fellowship into. which we 
are called, a fellowship in the body of Christ, the 
church, into which we have been placed by a common 
faith in the doctrines Christ has placed in his church. 

Another kind of fellowship is that of service, such 
as preaching, teaching and witnessing in many ways 
for the good of all. In this we have fellowship with 
each other. 

All these kinds of fellowships are included in what 
John said about it in his first epistle, in the first chap- 
ter. Here John is reminding us of the fundamental 
essentials upon which our fellowship rests. He tells 
us that they are the things which God has revealed to 
us " from the beginning." Things we must believe. 
Things we must be in harmony with " that we may 
have fellowship with God and with Christ and with 
each other." 

Certainly among revealed things as they are set 
forth in the Bible are these : the Holy Scriptures 
were given by inspiration, the virgin birth of Jesus, 
the divinity of Jesus, the blood atonement, the bodily 

resurrection of Jesus, the trinity of God, and many 
other miracles and doctrines. 

I may not believe, I may doubt and deny some of 
these revelations, and yet have a sort of fellowship 
with God, and in the church, and in the ministry of 
witnessing; but it will be a limited fellowship and my 
Christian life will be incomplete. I will be neither 
"hot nor cold" (Rev. 3: 14, 15), and in danger of 
final rejection. 

The fellowship of salvation, that bears witness with 
the Holy Spirit of God, requires faith in the scriptural 
doctrines in their entirety. 

Thomville, Ohio. 

The Itinerant Church Member 


There is a song which seems better than a long de- 
scription to give the religious temperament of a multi- 
tude of church members. It is — 

"I'm a pilgrim and I'm a stranger, 
I can tarry, I can tarry but a night." 

So general is this condition that some claim one mem- 
ber in every four is a floater, so little attached anywhere 
that he is not counted in church registers. Such are 
more of a liability than an asset ; they are a serious 
problem from mere force of numbers. If our strug- 
gling frontier churches could but stop the leaks from 
itinerants moving in and out, many of them in a decade 
would become an asset to the brotherhood instead of a 
drain on Mission Boards. 

Sometimes members are forced to move on account 
of economic conditions, sometimes to seek health, but 
all too often while other considerations count, the privi- 
lege of attending church is not. Often all the ad- 
vantages sought elsewhere could be found just as well 
where there is an organized congregation. Spiritual 
deterioration sets in from lack of spiritual associations. 
Parents may retain their church membership, if a let- 
ter in the dresser drawer or their names on an inactive 
list hundreds of miles away will suffice for this, but the 
children are lost to the church. Such do little or noth- 
ing for the church. If the church had to depend on 
them she would become a memory in two generations. 
And all the reasons given for thus going into isolation 
seem based on error. A little inquiry before selecting a 
location, of churches nearest the intended location, 
would often bring better results in every way, material 
and spiritual. I have spent more time and money try- 
ing to get and keep in touch with such, than those I 
could contact all put together ever did for the church. 
Had they moved into prosperous church communities, 
they would have had more friends and have gotten 
along better. Religiously, isolation is likely to spell sui- 

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The lost, the strayed, the stolen, are no worse than 
we. The plague of disintegration that smites them is no 
respecter of persons. Seek first the kingdom of God, 
and his righteousness. Be a sheep which refuses to be 
lured far away from the fold and the Shepherd. " Neg- 
lect not the assembling of yourselves together. In- 
difference here brings forth its toll of disaster. When 
you need to move think first of God. 

Belief ontaine, Ohio. 

The Church an Educational Institution 


The church has as its great aim and purpose the 
proclamation of the truth. It is to proclaim the gospel 
of the Son of God. Preaching, therefore, must be its 
chief business. Preaching may be teaching and to 
some extent always is. The best preaching, however, 
is that which makes alive to us the truths which we al- 
ready know. The great mission of the preacher is to 
so preach that men may see the truths as real, and may 
be led to take hold of them. This work of preaching 
needs to be supplemented, however, by the work of 
education. We have said, over and over again, that 
we must have an intelligent faith. And intelligent 
faith presupposes some kind of training. We need to 
know what our religion stands for and what its teach- 
ings of doctrine are. 

A good many of our people seem to be afraid of 
education in matters of religion, even though there has 
been advanced the doctrine that children should be 
educated into the kingdom. For we know that the 
Christian is born of the Spirit of God, and the change 
which comes in regeneration is brought about by di- 
vine power. No amount of education can produce 
this, nor can any amount of education take the place 
of it. We are not educated to become Christians, but 
we are trained as Christians to understand and to be 
effective as workers. We grow in knowledge as well 
as in grace. The things which we believe when we are 
converted are simple and few, yet how great they are 
when we stop to consider them ! Although no one can 
be made a Christian by education, it is true that by 
education as well as by exhortation we may lead a soul 
to accept Jesus Christ. The process of regeneration 
may be helped from a human standpoint by education 
as well as by exhortation. We can so train that the 
young heart recognizes the truth which is in Jesus, and 
sees from human argument that Jesus is something 
more than a man. Then will come the divine grace 
which will convict of sin, and turn the heart toward 
righteousness. What we need to remember is that 
education must always have the power of God in it, if 
it is to be worth anything to the Christian. 

The church with a right spirit will, therefore, al- 

ways be concerned about the training of its members. 
It will be something more than a preaching station. 
It will provide through its preaching service a multi- 
tude of other ways for the cultivation of Christian 
intelligence. It will hold before its people the ambition 
to know the necessary thing in regard to this life and 
also the life to come. In the right kind of a church 
there will be no desire for preaching or teaching which 
does not help the soul toward God. However attrac- 
tive and entertaining other things may be, the right 
kind of a church will always be demanding of its mem- 
bers that they strain their minds to catch a better 
knowledge of divine things. 
North Manchester, hid. 

The Ministerial List 


According to the Yearbook, the church has over 
three thousand ministers. The number is misleading. 
Some of those whose names appear in the list never did 
function as ministers. Others have become inactive in 
recent years. Possibly it is just as well to go on 
printing the list as it is year after year, but in one sense 
it seems a mild form of self-deception. 

Why do men's names appear long after they have 
ceased to be active in the ministry? One obvious rea- 
son is that some of them never see their names in the 
Yearbook. They long ago ceased to attend the Church 
of the Brethren and some of them attend none. When 
they reach that point they do not read the Yearbook. If 
it were called to their attention they probably would do 
little about it. They would raise the question of why 
they should go through the process of having something 
taken away from them which has meant so little to 

A second reason why there are so many names there 
of men who are inactive can be traced to the normal 
developments of the pastoral program of the church. 
Every year the implications of having pastors is be- 
coming more and more evident. A comparatively few 
years ago ministers were still taking their turns at 
preaching and were performing other duties of the 
minister, but more and more the pastors are doing all 
the preaching and attending to the official duties of the 
ministry. It is only logical that it should be that way 
for the church is demanding that the minister be 
trained, and if he is trained he will do the work rather 
than have others do it who often do not have the train- 
ing and who ordinarily are busy at the work by which 
they make their living. 

Eventually the ministers of the congregation where 
there is a pastor come to realize that they are mostly 
nominal ministers. What happens then? Some of 
them wish to continue as ministers. And surely no one 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1937 

would have it otherwise. But they are in fact retired 
ministers, practically like those of other denominations 
who have reached the age or are otherwise retired. 
They preach occasionally and do certain other things 
within the range of ministerial work but they are not 
looked upon as being active. 

But there are others who will not want to retain the 
title of minister. They are content to serve as laymen. 
In fact, they prefer to be known as laymen. But they 
are faced with something of a problem in getting their 
names off the list. They hesitate to ask the church to 
relieve them of their office because such action calls 
for explanations and people are often too ready to look 
for some unmentioned motive back of the request. The 
result is that most men do nothing about it. The church 
by not making it easier for these men to get out of the 
ministry — which they really are not in any longer — thus 
places a premium upon the long ministerial list. 

We need to recognize that in many ways the present 
church is not the kind of church to which it called men 
to be ministers. Those men were called to a rural, vol- 
untary ministry. But when they went to college to pre- 
pare for their life work they did not get ready to go 
back and be farmer-preachers. One reason they did 
not prepare for that was because they knew there were 
several ministers in nearly every church who would still 
be there for many years. So they prepared for school 
teaching or some other profession, or for business. In 
the meantime the church has changed more rapidly than 
anyone dreamed it would and a surprising number of 
congregations have pastors on either a full-time or part- 
time basis. Not many men who enter the professions 
or business will change to the ministry. Consequently 
there are many who never will serve as preachers. It 
would only seem reasonable that men who do not con- 
sider themselves ministers should be allowed to with- 
draw from the office. Or, perhaps it would be better to 
say that it would be to the interest of the church to 
make it normal for them to be relieved of the office 
without too much ado. 

All of this may be aside from the point. There may 
be no reason for concern. However, it does leave an 
erroneous impression to say that there is an average of 
three ministers to each congregation. It just does not 
fit with the fact that churches have difficulty in securing 
pastors. Nor with the statement frequently made by 
those who study the situation that the church stands in 
danger of having a real dearth of ministers. 

It might help some to classify the list in the Year- 
book under such heads as " active pastors," " ministers 
not now employed as ministers," " retired " and " in- 
active." If the ministers themselves were given oppor- 
tunity to classify themselves there is reason to believe 
that a decided improvement might become evident. 

Elgin, III. 

Victims of the Depression 


I know a man who had thirteen dogs, yesterday. 
Today he may have found a home for one of them, or 
he may have brought another homeless pup in from 
the street. 

Yesterday as I sat in his home in the midst of wav- 
ing tails I remarked, " You certainly have been a god- 
send to these animals." 

He replied, " Yes, but they have done even more 
for me." 

This recalled his past. He had been a corporation 
executive ; he had lived on the " gold coast," beloved 
of a beautiful woman. Then the crash came — he lost 
everything; the woman he loved deserted him. No 
lost dog was more desolate or desperate than he. 

One day, lonely and hurt, lost in the jostling throng, 
he saw a frightened and bewildered dog hurrying aim- 
lessly nowhere — like himself. A short piece of string 
dangled from the dog's tail ; he was hurt and dis- 
illusioned and afraid. Endlessly he hurried to new 
doors and scanned new faces but every step only 
tamped the grave of the hope which had lived in his 

Himself acquainted with grief, the man could not 
casually tolerate such treatment, even for the least of 
God's creatures. With a kind word and a gentle touch 
he ministered to the dog as no one had cared to min- 
ister to him. He shared his loft with the dog and later 
found a real home for him. 

But now the spirit of tenderness and consideration 
for dogs was increasing in him; he saw misery, where 
his fellows refused to be bothered; he was driven to 
act, when others were satisfied to say, " Some one 
ought to do something." Later, looking back over his 
experience, he recognized that finding this humble 
occasion for the exercise of loving solicitude had saved 
him from insanity or suicide or accepting the jungle 
code. So he said that stray dogs had helped him more 
than he had been able to help them. 

Many people have been ruined by the depression. 
Some have concluded that nothing is as important as 
advancing their personal holdings. Others feel that 
destitution is serious only when it affects themselves. 
Still others are willing that the sick, hungry and naked 
be ministered unto — at the expense of other people. It 
takes a depression to make the shadows of such a char- 
acter stand out. 

Are scarcity and want a logical result of overproduc- 
tion? The depression has helped many people to re- 
view some of Christ's teachings and to draw nearer to 
God. What has it done to you? 

Chicago, III. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1937 



The Master's Picture 


Would you hold the Master's picture 
That the world may gaze in rapture 
Upon the face of God's Anointed? 
Let his image, as appointed, 
Which God hath placed within thy breast, 
Rule all thy thoughts, thy hopes, thy rest, 
Until it breaks the thongs of flesh! 
Until it breaks of self the mesh 
Which doth bind and keep in prison 
Spirit-life in thee begotten, 
Which he hath died to free. 

Would you show the Master's picture. 
To be read in human creature 
Filled with flaws and all imperfect — 
Life of lives which aye is perfect? 
You've no form so mean, derided, 
You've no thoughts so vile or sordid, 
But that his life within may burn 
And purify your life, to turn 
Your visage into majesty, 
Your mind to dwell on sanctity, 
And change the human heart. 

Los Angeles, Calif. 

When Bob Gave God a Chance 

8. Bob's Trip to Town 

Mary stood at the window for some time, after Bob 
turned the corner, thinking. " I am going to do it," she 
announced at last, as she hurried towards the telephone. 
She called first one number and then another, until she 
had everything arranged satisfactorily. Thereupon, she 
came back into the kitchen and started things for lunch. 
She sang happily while she set the table and planned the 
evening meal. " Um-mm, let's see," ran her thoughts, 
" it must not be too heavy. I wonder . . . creamed 
chicken, new potatoes, fresh peas, and a tart salad. 
That would be good and he can eat anything, I've 

" What are you scheming about, mother?" Anne gave 
her mother a friendly little pat. " I came walking in 
here and you were so busy saying ' um-mm, um-mm, 
let me see ' that you didn't see me until I spoke. You 
look as though you have a nice secret. There is some- 
thing brewing when you look like this." 

" Yes, I do have a secret. I am getting up a sur- 
prise for Robert. You know daddy is going in to get 
little Philip this afternoon. Bob spoke to me this 
morning about having him out, and so I am going to do 
it as soon as possible. I called the hospital and he may 
leave whenever we can get him." 

" That is a good idea, mother mine, it will give Bob 

something to think about besides himself. The only 
time he is like he used to be is when he is doing some- 
thing for somebody. But where will this boy sleep? 
He can have my room and I use Harold's." 

" That won't be necessary. I'll have daddy put up 
another bed on the porch with Bob's. When we have 
time we will fix over Harold's room for Phil. He will 
like a room of his own after he has been here a while, 
but for now, he will feel more at home if he can be in 
with Robert. It will be nicer that way, I think." 

Bob ate his lunch in a preoccupied silence. He did 
not notice the unusual bustle around the house. After 
lunch, he went directly to his den and punched out a 
letter on the typewriter. Mrs. Rohwer was nearly 
through with the dishes when he finished. " I am go- 
ing in to town to mail this letter, mother ; I have written 
Phil's uncle asking him to allow us to keep Phil this 
summer." Then, lowering his voice he said : " I am 
thinking about what you said this morning. I think 
maybe you are right. Maybe I haven't put God first ; if 
I haven't, I intend to find it out. I am going to try to 
see things your way. You are always so — well — trust- 
ing and radiant. I guess I will have to walk in. I heard 
dad go out about an hour ago with the car. I don't 
want to bother with the truck. I could have gone for 
dad if I'd known he wanted anything. Or didn't he go 
to town?" 

" Yes, he — he," his mother hesitated, and Anne, com- 
ing in with her hands full of sweet peas, answered for 

" He left right after lunch. He said I should tell you 
to take it easy during the heat of the afternoon. Do 
you think you will get back in time to turn the freezer 
for me ? I am going to make ice cream for supper. It's 
such a sultry day. I thought everyone would like it." 

" Sure ! Ice cream will hit the spot. I plan to catch 
a ride in and maybe I will see dad. Anyway I will get 
back in time." 

Bob stood thoughtfully looking up at the church 
tower. " Well, this will never get me home," he thought 
aloud ; "pretty sticky walking, but I am not getting any 
cooler standing here." He turned abruptly away and 
almost stumbled over the pastor. " Oh, pardon me, I 
didn't know there was anyone within a block." 

Pastor Miller's kindly face beamed, his friendly eyes 
twinkled. " I must admit that I deliberately stood 
right in the way. I was going into the church to study. 
I saw you standing here kicking the dust and frowning. 
I was afraid that you would not see me at all unless I 
got in your way. How are all the folks out your way ? 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1937 

I plan to make some calls in that neighborhood tomor- 
row. You are on your way home, I suppose?" 

" We — ell, I was, but if you are not too busy I would 
like to talk to you." 

" Certainly, son, I'm always glad to talk to you ; 
that"s part of my work." As the two men walked to- 
wards the church the pastor looked long and searching- 
ly at the young man at his side. He saw in the face, 
especially in the eyes, a wistfulness, a soberness that 
bordered closely upon sadness. Bob's was a clean face 
in which expectancy and hope struggled with fear and 

" Here we are,'" said the pastor holding open the door 
that led into a small classroom. " I come here often, 
winter as well as summer. The atmosphere is con- 
ducive to worship and higher thinking. Cares and 
problems of this world seem to ' take wings and fly 
away ' the moment I enter this room." 

It was one of the classrooms used by the intermedi- 
ate department. Pastor Miller sat down on one of the 
benches, but Bob walked over toward the organ. " I 
wish I felt that way. It is nice in here. I used to be 
one of the Royal Climbers." 

" Yes, I remember," answered the pastor. You 
came into the fellowship of the church when you were 
in this class." 

" I know," Bob's voice was thoughtful, " I was so 
happy then but — " Pastor Miller waited for the young 
man to continue. " So much has happened since then," 
he resumed in a moment or two, " and — and the things 
I believed in then seem, oh, just, just simply childish." 
Bob spoke slowly, frankly, apologetically. " I was a 
happy boy the day I came into the church, but now — 
just believing in God and the salvation of Christ doesn't 
seem to be enough." 

" It is, Bob, if we really do believe and try with all 
our hearts to do the things that God shows us are 

" Well, I do believe, but I am not contented. The 
things that made me happy when I was thirteen are not 
enough now. I'm sure that I still believe the funda- 
mental things that I did then, and yet — what is the mat- 
ter?" His shoulders sank into a despairing droop. 

" I think I can see how you feel. Remember that 
Paul says : ' When I was a child, I spake as a child. I 
understood as a child, I thought as a child ; but when I 
became a man, I put away childish things.' It is easy 
for us to say that since our ideas now and those of yes- 
terday do not agree that nothing is true, and thus throw 
over the whole plan. I believe that all too often, 
though, we lose our faith simply because we ourselves 
have some barrier in our lives. I am sure that if we 
fully surrender ourselves, and then endeavor to do 
nothing without first consulting our heavenly Father, 
that our lives will be happy and victorious." 

" I wish I could know what is wrong with me," said 
Bob. " I go to all the church services, I give a tenth, 
and I have that group of boys at the " Y," and I sing 
for the church. I honestly don't see why that doesn't 
bring happiness, and peace." 

" Sometimes," suggested the minister practically, "the 
very act of seeking happiness drives it out of our reach. 
Happiness is an elusive thing. True happiness, when it 
comes, is incidental. If we make a search for it, it van- 

" If I could forget — " Bob glanced at the stub on his 
right side. " People keep telling me that lots worse 
things could happen. Not in just so many words, but — 
they have both their arms. This morning mother said, 
' All things work for good to them that love God.' I 
don't see the good that could possibly come out of my 
experience, do you?" 

Pastor Miller had listened intently while Bob talked. 
Now he answered ; his voice was gentle. " To will is to 
win. Unless one's will is right (God's will, in other 
words), unless we get it to working properly, we can 
not hope to perfect a definite plan. I believe God does 
have a definite plan for every life. Whatever may hap- 
pen to you, nothing should be allowed to influence you 
i and conquer your will. If we build up a will power and 
a faith that can not be shaken, a spirit that will not 
flinch, we will win our victories, and probably more. 
We can not obtain heavenly possessions without an ef- 
fort. Have I answered your question?" 

" Yes, I guess so," answered Bob. Deep in his heart, 
he knew that there were phases of his problem still to 
be solved. Then he added, " Thank you for giving me 
this time." 

" Just a bit more before you go," said the pastor. " I 
am interested in you ; many others are. Maybe it would 
help every one of us to live closer to God if we could 
see the multitude of those who want us to go the right 
way and reach the mountaintops in Christian living. 
You have a very real problem, but don't let it over- 
whelm you. Great is the power of clean, holy thought. 
Earnestly seeking for the truth through study of the 
Bible, especially the New Testament, sincere prayers 
for guidance and trusting that God will show you the 
way will help. Good books about the Bible and others 
about the great Christian leaders are useful. Truth is 
not hidden. It is always revealed and clear when our 
spiritual eyes are opened. It is only when self inter- 


Bar the words that want to slip 
Trembling from the angered lip. 
Cage them up and lock the door, 
Keep them chained for ever more! 
Freeport, III. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1937 


venes that we stumble. If we see our need and sur- 
render ourselves completely there is nothing more true 
than ' Empty thyself and I will fill thee.' " 

" You have given me something to think about," re- 
plied Bob. " I believe that by the time I have digested 
it I shall have reached some conclusion. Let's see, I 
left some sheet music up in the choir loft last Sunday. 
I might as well get it now. Good-by, and thank you 
again. I do feel better." Gravely Bob shook hands 
with his minister. 

Brewster, Wash. 

Little Talks on Big Doctrines 


" Oh, I can't talk Dutch, the English comes me so 
before," said the Pennsylvania Dutch maiden as she 
was anxious to show that she was superior to her Dutch 
sisters. The different languages in the world have long 
been a source of confusion and misunderstanding. 

How often the honest traveler as well as the idle 
globe trotter has wished for one language which could 
be spoken and understood everywhere. A good many 
years ago, a constructive mind conceived the idea of 
making a one universal language out of the present lan- 
guages. But Esperanto has proved to be just one more 
language in a world of many languages. 

However, there has been and is one great universal 
language, understood by all but spoken by too few. It 
is the language of love. 

The small babe in his mother's arms, not knowing 
any language except his crude cries, begins to under- 
stand this language. The language of love is life to 

The mother, the true mother, both speaks and under- 
stands the language of love. Through the untiring 
hours of toil and care, the language of love is her daily 
and nightly speech. It is the language of love which 
translates her labor-filled years into joyous fleeting 
hours as she accompanies her creatures of love from 
helpless babyhood into helpful manhood and woman- 

The father, the true father, likewise speaks and un- 
derstands the language of love as he forgets the grind 
of unceasing labor in his forward move with those he 

The foreigner, " the stranger within our gates," un- 
derstands the language of love as some noble soul ris- 
ing above the selfish crowd proves to be a brother or a 
sister indeed. 

The martyr, ready to receive his last stone bruise, be- 
fore parting his earthly pilgrimage, knows and speaks 
with his life, the language of love. 

Without love, all our great achievements and talents 
and gifts have but an empty, brass-band effect. With- 

out love, all our outwardly noble deeds and seeming 
spiritual achievements are a mere pretense amounting 
to nothing. 

Love suffers a long time. Love is kind. Love is not 
proud and haughty and does not make a show of itself. 
Indeed, love is very unselfish. Love delights in positive 
thinking and positive good. Love is very persistent. 
Unlike most things in the world, love never fails. The 
greatest thing in all the world is love. 

Jesus said : " Greater love hath no man that this, 
that a man lay down his life for his friends " (John 15 : 
13). And Jesus, the Master Friend of mankind, proved 
his love in just this way. 

The deacon, Stephen, the first of Jesus' followers to 
lay down his life also, showed true Christ love as he 
prayed for his murderers, " Lord, lay not this sin to 
their charge " (Acts 7: 60). 

The religion of Jesus Christ has proved itself su- 
perior to other religions in its development of character 
and in its influence on society. Also there can be no 
doubt that it emphasis on a complete love is an eternal 
contribution to human welfare. 

But Jesus' own words express it best : " Herein is 
my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit ; so shall 
ye be my disciples. As the Father has loved me so have 
I loved you : continue ye in my love. If ye keep my 
commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I 
have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his 
love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy 
might remain in you and that your joy might be full. 
This is my commandment, " That ye love one another, 
as I have loved you " (John 15 : 8-12). 

Seattle, Wash. 

A Child's Faith 


A strange man attended a prayer meeting one 
Wednesday evening. He seemed so much interested in 
what was said and sung, that the minister ventured to 
call upon the stranger to pray. 

He responded very graciously. His prayer was not 
" set " and he seemed to be talking intimately with God. 

" O Lord," he cried, " give us a giant's faith !" Then, 
after a brief pause: " No, dear Lord, don't! Give us 
a child's faith!" 

Those who heard this prayer never forgot it. It has 
been a source of fruitful meditation to several present. 

A child's faith! We must not think that because a 
child's body is small, his faith is small also. A child 
will exercise, daily, a degree of faith which is inspiring. 

And a Christian child — one who truly knows the 
Lord Jesus as his or her Savior — finds it easy to tread 
the pathway of faith. 

Nctvport, Pa. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1937 


Calendar for Sunday, January 10 

The Sunday-school Lesson Topics listed are those of the Inter- 
national Uniform Lessons, copyrighted by the International Council 
of Religious Education, and used by permission. 

Sunday-school Lesson, New Life in Christ. — John 3: 1-17. 

Christian Workers, History of Our Missions. 

B. Y. P. D., Forty Years in India. 

Intermediate, The Far End of the African Bridge. 

Gains for the Kingdom 

Two baptisms in Frederick church, Md. 

Five baptisms in Green Tree church, Pa. 

Three baptisms in Yakima church, Wash. 

Three baptisms in Rummel church, Pa., Bro. W. K. Kulp 
of Mt. Pleasant, Pa., evangelist. 

Seven baptisms in New Salem church, Ind., Bro. John 
Fidler of Brookville, Ohio, evangelist. 

Sixteen baptisms in West Goshen church, Ind., Bro. M. 
J. Brougher of Greensburg, Pa., evangelist. 

Six baptisms in the Dunnings Creek church, Holsinger 
house, Pa., Bro. Galen Blough of Rummel, Pa., evangelist. 

Eleven baptisms in Navarre church, Kans., Brother and 
Sister Oliver H. Austin of McPherson, Kans., evangelists. 

Nine united with Union Bridge church, Md., Bro. E. C. 
Woodie, pastor of Beaver Creek congregation, evangelist; 
three baptisms previous. 

f T T T 

Our Evangelists 

Will you share the burden which these laborers carry? Will you pray 
for the success of these meetings? 

Bro. Phares J. Forney of Lancaster, Pa., Jan 3 in Akron 
church, Pa. 

Brother and Sister B. M. Rollins to begin Jan. 3 in the 
Yellow Creek church, 111. 

Bro. Rufus Bucher of Quarryville, Pa., Feb. 1 in the 
Franklin Grove church, 111. 

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Personal Mention 

Bro. W. W. Blough, 427 E. Loula St., Olathe, Kans., 
writes us that Sister Blough and himself have time for 
several meetings this year and would appreciate hearing 
from such as are interested. 

Bro. L. A. Blickenstaff, our efficient business manager for 
the India mission, and Sister Sadie Miller, also of India, 
were among the earliest last week's visitors at the Publish- 
ing House. The Blickenstaffs reached America only a few 
weeks ago. Their address for the furlough period will be 
North Manchester, Ind. 

Eld. John H. Brubaker of Virden, 111., has passed into the 
reward of his long and faithful ministry. Though the date 
was Dec. 17, word did not reach us in time for earlier men- 
tion. He was in the eighty-fifth year of his age. We are 
to have soon a suitable account of the life and labors of 
this long-time leader of Southern Illinois. 

Last Monday morning at the Publishing House was 
clouded in sadness. The latest note came from Sherman 
hospital of our city to the effect that Mrs. Olwin had just 
succumbed in her battle with pneumonia. She was the 
faithful wife of Bro. H. A. Olwin, a faithful employee of 
the House and sister to the wife of the House Secretary, 
Bro. L. T. Miller. 

Two good Mount Morris brethren, E. R. Henricks and 
Ralph Thomas, both interested in efficient pastoral care 
for churches needing such services, paid their respects 
to the Messenger offices when they called at the Publish- 
ing House last Saturday morning. 

Bro. Ezra Flory watches carefully the " Gains for the 
Kingdom " reported on this page. According to his count 
the record for 1936 is an even 5,500, a gain of nearly 100 
over 1935. Which month would you guess had the largest 
total? No, it was not December, though that was second 
with 654. The banner month was May with 707. 

Brother and Sister Elmer B. Royer of Cincinnati favored 
the Messenger with a delightful interview on the last day 
of the old year. Brother Royer is interested in securing, if 
possible, a copy of Brumbaugh's History of the Brethren. 
If you can be of assistance to him in this matter please 
write him at 2232 Glenside Ave., Norwood, Ohio. 

From Sister Ina M. Kaylor, writing from De Graff, Ohio, 
to friends in the mission rooms, under date of Dec. 28, 
comes this word of another transition to a better world: 
"John's mother quietly passed to be with her Lord last 
evening after a sickness of nearly three months." Many 
readers will remember that the Kaylors formerly served 
the church in the India mission field. 

Two eastern college men came in together. It was the 
first call at the Messenger offices, at the Publishing House 
for that matter, for Dr. F. D. Dove of Bridgewater. Dr. 
Warren Bowman of Juniata had been here before. The 
former heads up our temperance research work for the 
B. C. E. and the latter bears the same relation to family 
life problems. They were here to confer with other repre- 
sentatives of similar interests. 

Bro. R. E. Mohler, Chairman of the Board of Christian 
Education, Dean of Men and Professor of Biology in 
McPherson College, will have the sincere sympathy of 
the whole Messenger family in the great sorrow which 
came to him last Sunday evening. The brief word that 
reached us only said that Mrs. Mohler had just passed 
away. We have no further particulars. All who knew 
Sister Mohler know that her Christian character was of 
superfine quality. 

Two western men also were among the " other repre- 
sentatives " referred to in another item. Dr. J. D. Bright 
of McPherson was one of them and from the still farther 
west came Dr. Roy A. Crist of La Verne. These had both 
been in attendance at the Bethany conference on minis- 
terial education and took this in on their homeward way. 
The causes which they champion respectively are economic 
justice and personal enrichment. Then there was the peace 
man from the central section, Dr. C. Ray Keim of Man- 

Bro. M. F. Brumbaugh of Glendora, Calif., is a careful 
reader of the Messenger and he has noted that among 
the names found in the Fallen Asleep columns in 1936 
were those of sixteen brethren and twenty-nine sisters 
who had reached the age of ninety years or more. One 
brother, Jacob Andrew Root, had passed the age of 101 
years and 8 months. One sister, Sarah Shaffer, lacked 
only forty days of being 102, while another, Mary M. 
Pratt, was 100. Among the brethren were these six min- 
isters ranging from ninety to ninety-three: A. M. Elliott, 
J. W. Shively, John Zuck, J. K. Eicher, Joel Weddle, 
Martin S. Mohler. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1937 


With Our Schools 

Bethany Biblical Seminary 

Thanksgiving Day services were observed at the First 
church, with Dr. A. C. Wieand preaching the sermon. His 
subject was, "The Philosophy of Thanksgiving." 

Bro. A. D. Helser, missionary on furlough from Africa, 
addressed the students and faculty and friends recently in 
the Bethany chapel. His subject was "Africa," which he 
presented in a devotional and challenging manner. 

The Chicagolamd National Preaching Mission, Nov. 19 to 
22, afforded an excellent opportunity for Bethany students, 
who attended freely the various sessions, to hear some of 
the greatest preachers and spiritual leaders, including Dr. 
E. Stanley Jones, Dr. George W. Truett, Miss Muriel Les- 
ter, Dr. Lynn Harold Hough, Dr. Ivan Lee Holt, Dr. Albert 
W. Beaven, and many others. 

On Nov. 19, the Seminary was privileged to have Rev. 
George Irving, Secretary of Religious Work, National 
Council of Y. M. C. A., as chapel speaker. This address 
was arranged for by the National Preaching Mission as a 
part of their regular program. The Seminary welcomed 
this opportunity to have an official representative of the 
preaching mission into her midst. 

The First church observed the Eight-day Preaching Mis- 
sion, Dec. 6 to 13, with a strong program. Sermons were 
delivered by Brethren Edward Frantz, Leland S. Brubaker, 
D. W. Kurtz, W. W. Slabaugh, and the pastor, M. Clyde 
Horst. The First church choir rendered music at the vari- 
ous services, closing the mission, Dec. 13, with the singing 
of Handel's, " The Messiah." The Seminary welcomed the 
opportunity to co-operate with the First church in making 
these meetings a success in the enrichment of the spiritual 
life of the students. 

A unique and unusually impressive Christmas service 
was given at the First church, Sunday evening, Dec. 20. 
The Faith Players gave a dramatic presentation of the 
story, " Why the Chimes Rang," with the First church 
choir co-operating. This service was planned entirely by 
local talent, was partially impromptu, and presented in an 
effective way the challenge of the humble giving of self in 
the welfare of humanity, as the supreme message of Christ- 
mas. The service blended in a beautiful way the use of 
the dramatic and musical arts, not only for their teaching 
values but also in creative worship. 

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Our Bookshelf 

Book reviews for this column are prepared by J. E. Miller, Literary 
Editor for the Brethren Publishing House. Any book reviewed in 
these columns, and any others you wish to order, may be purchased 
through the Brethren Publishing House, Elgin, III. — Ed. 

History of the Church of the Brethren in Maryland, by 

J. Maurice Henry. Brethren Publishing House. 536 pages. 

This massive history is just from the press. Wisely the 
three districts of Maryland joined in producing one history 
of the entire state rather than in bringing out three sepa- 
rate books. This might be of interest to other state dis- 
tricts that are contemplating putting their records in book 

The author went back into the old records and thus dis- 
covered when some of the ancestors of the Maryland 
church leaders came to America. Throughout he sought 
far and wide for records hid away in archives. One is 
thrilled as he reads of Brethren who knew George Wash- 
ington even before he was President, of other Brethren 
who were on intimate terms with later Presidents, as well 
as with other great leaders. 

He tells well the beginnings of Brethren history in 
Maryland and shows how men toiled, and sacrificed and 
suffered that the truth might prevail. The many halftones 
.of church houses and persons make the book a veritable 
picture gallery. There are minute details of the beginnings 
of congregations and many of the biographies are un- 
usually complete and well written. 

Each congregation is recognized and its history recorded. 
Even some that few of the Maryland Brethren knew had 
ever existed. Here one discovers how congregations were 
built up. May it be that the same method would build new 
congregations today? Once Maryland churches were great 
missionary churches. That's how the Brethren came to 
occupy so much of the choice territory in the state. 

Not the least interesting are the chapters on The Annual 
Meetings, Slavery and the Civil War, Church Activities, 
and Tragic Experiences in the World War. 

Printed on heavy enameled paper, in large clear type and 
bound in durable buckram it's a valuable book. Every 
Brethren home in Maryland at least should have a copy 
and become familiar with what the Brethren have done for 
this part of our country. 

How to Increase Church Attendance, by Roger W. Bab- 
son. Fleming H. Revell. 159 pages. $1.50. 

This book presents material that has been gathered by 
a committee of the Congregational and Christian churches 
appointed in 1929 to study church attendance. The nine- 
teen chapters are written by nineteen different persons, 
Babson writing the first chapter. While the study deals 
with these two churches the facts and conclusions are ap- 
plicable to most other churches as well, even our own. As 
one reads he can not escape the conviction that we have 
all been slack in doing many of the things that will bring 
people to church, in making the church serve their needs 
and aspirations, in giving them a Sunday morning service 
that thrills their souls, in causing the church to permeate 
the atmosphere of the community and in making the church 
the one outstanding center. 

Throughout one reads that church attendance should be 
more generally considered an index to religious life and 
experience. It may be a little annoying to laymen to hear 
that they could do much more towards increasing church 
attendance and church prestige, if they were really on the 
job as they should and could be. Here are a few selections. 

" The greatest need of the churches today is for workers 
rather than for money. If we get the workers the money 
will come naturally." 

" It is far better to have fewer pupils in the Sunday 
school and to insist on reverence, quietness and discipline, 
than to have a larger attendance under typical noisy and 
undisciplined methods." 

"Wherever possible the church should have a Sunday 
evening meeting of distinctly evangelistic type. A church 
which attempts to get along without a Sunday evening 
service is much like a business organization which tries to 
get along without a selling department." 

" Preachers should read church history more and modern 
novels less." 

" A dozen laymen combining could fill any church and 
keep it filled every Sunday, minister or no minister." 

" Our church buildings are the most inefficiently and — 
upon a per hour basis — the most extravagantly operated 
structures in existence." 

I would recommend the book especially to pastors, super- 
intendents, and leading men and women of your church. 
Get a dozen folks in your congregation to' read it and you 
will see good results in the entire church work. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1937 


At Our Tent Door 


By the middle of November India's climate permits 
us to take up our abode in tents for a tour among the 
villages for four or five months. 

It is the beginning of the cold season — so delight- 
fully sandwiched in between the damp, sticky, mouldy 
monsoon and the hot season when skies are brazen and 
the sun beats down pitilessly. 

The crisp freshness of the morning lasts well on to- 
ward noon and we take advantage of it by going 
through the village calling in the homes, renewing old 
acquaintances or making new ones. Sometimes we go 
to a neighboring village and return by noon. 

Attached to the front of our living tent there is a 
large open tent with only the canvas roof above and a 
wall on the side from which the prevailing wind blows. 
Pictures and charts adorn the walls, mats are spread 
on the ground, camp chairs and a small table, and our 
reception tent is complete. Here we are at home to 
our friends to visit, to minister to the sick, to teach, to 
pray and lend ourselves to any opportunity to help 
some one in need. 

The medicine kit comes into service probably more 
than any other article in our tent. When the word 
goes out that " Sahib and Mem Sahib have come," 
people suffering — some with slight ailments, others 
with disease and grosser ailments than we are able to 
help — come with a hope of receiving healing. Our 
greatest opportunity to tell of the love and healing 
power of Jesus comes through this service. 

An afternoon tea with some very timid women of- 
fered an approach to their pent-up hearts as all previ- 
ous efforts had failed and a regular women's class fol- 
lowed the remaining days in that camp. 

Men are more free to come and my husband never 
lacks opportunity to present a message of enlighten- 
ment to the men who come for a friendly visit. 

But the liveliest, happiest time of the day is in the 
evening — the children's hour. School is out and the 
tent is the attraction. Children throng the tent for 
stories, songs and play. Leaflets containing pictures, 
scripture portions and stories are given to the children 
who can read. If they can reproduce the story the 
next day they come, they are given the leaflet to keep 
and another one is introduced. 

Many eight-page booklets are sold to the children 
at one-half cent each. It is gratifying as we call in 
the homes to hear members of the family relate things 
the children have learned at the tent. The booklets 
are taken to school and read to others. In one village 

the headmaster came and bought a copy of each book 
we had in store. In villages where there are schools, 
the printed page is our greatest hope of spreading the 

The most sacred hour in our tent is on the night 
after the large public meeting outside has closed. Then 
it is that the little band of Christians linger for prayer 
and talk concerning their spiritual growth. 

Our daily program is flexible to meet the needs of 
the people among whom we sojourn. Our aim and 
prayer is that as our lives touch theirs they may be 
drawn to Jesus the Savior of the world. 

Anklesvar, India. 

What to Pray For 


Week of January 9-16 
Back into the great heart of China, over three hun- 
dred miles from the coast, the city of Tai Yuan Fu, in 
Shansi, is growing by leaps and bounds. Ancient and 
modern China strive to intermingle in this capital of 
the once famous model province, ruled by Governor 
Yen Hsi Shan. Her inhabitants have gathered here 
from all parts of the province, some as students, others 
in post office and other government positions while 
others are in factories or doing manual labor. Some 
have even been to America or Europe for study. 
What a challenge to a wide-awake ambassador of 
Christ is this mass of virile manhood and womanhood 
which is ever changing! The challenge is being met 
by folks who are sympathetic to the very heart beat of 
young China, endeavoring to teach them first of all to 

Minor M. Myers 

Mrs. Minor Myers 

know the real purpose of life as children of the loving 

Bro. Minor Myers, although very busy in offices 
which concern the entire mission, finds time to do 
teaching at the Y. M. C. A. Seeking for the Master's 
sheep and feeding them that they may in turn assume 

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the responsibilities of the church work is his major 
task. Mrs. Myers very ably co-operates with him in 
this work. Aside from home and church work, the 
Y. W. C. A. organization depends in a large way on 

her assistance. 

Go with me into the little 
Chinese court, which is the 
home of Sister Laura Shock. 
This is the place where young 
women like to gather for help 
in the solution of life's per- 
plexing problems. Her minis- 
try takes her beyond the walls 
of the court to all parts of the 
city, searching for all whom 
she may help both in classes 
and by personal contacts. 
Mrs. Chang, formerly from 
the official class, now mixes with all classes that she 
may win some for the Lord. Her mature judgment 
and experience often give her the right to counsel 
those younger than she. 

Pastor Chang, alert and zealous, with a number of 
years of experience to his credit, has great possibilities 
both in the pulpit and the classroom. Yet how power- 
less all these folks may be unless Christ supplies the 
daily strength and wisdom. How often victory is theirs 
due to your intercession on their behalf ! 
On Furlough, Eldora, Iowa. 

Laura Shock 

Rock Run's Three-hour Project 

The Rock Run congregation,. Northern Indiana, on 
Nov. 29 again celebrated its annual three-hour project. 
The Rock Run church for three years has been sup- 
porting a Conference Budget share of $100, which 
amount of money supports the total brotherhood work 
for approximately three hours. The nature of their 
annual program is such as to bring to the attention of 
all of the members of the church the world outreach 
of our brotherhood. 

From a Group of Idaho Juniors 

By this time our money will have reached you for 
our Junior Project for the year. We used tin banks 
again. Our full amount was $63.34. About forty-five 
children returned banks. We had some income from 
the dime savers' offering at the time when the slides 
were shown and at Daily Vacation Bible School time. 

Thank you for the little souvenir. We put it on a 
paper background and covered it with glass so any 
amount of handling does not mar it. I'm sure we 
Americans would not have the patience to sit and do 
such delicate work as that. 

A Small But Meaningful Contribution for 

Shortly after an aged sister had passed to her re- 
ward her bereft companion handed the minister a lit- 
tle sack with coins in it. He said that Nancy had been 
laying it back for the Lord and he wanted to be sure 
it went into the Lord's work. The pastor sending in 
the 35 cents says : " This couple was aged, lived far 
from the church and had no income except from a 
small flock of hens, but always when there was some 
special need at the church, they sent their offering." 

Junior Worship Program 

(To Be Used With the Junior Missionary Project) 

Theme: Facing the New Year. 
Call to Worship: 

All the past we leave behind: 

We take up the task eternal, 

And the burden and the lesson, 

Conquering, holding, daring, venturing, 

So we go the unknown ways. — Walt Whitman. 

Hymn: Our God, Our Help in Ages Past. 

Scriptures (to be read together): Psa. 65: 11; John 9: 4; 

15: 14, 15. 

I know not what the future hath 
Of marvel or surprise, 
Assured alone that life and death 
His mercy underlies. 

I know not where his islands lift 
Their fronded palms in air; 
I only know I can not drift 
Beyond his love and care. — Whittier. 

Prayer Poem: 

" God of the busy daytime, 
God of the quiet night, 
Whose peace pervades the darkness 
And greets us with the light, « 
Safe with thy presence near us, 
Wherever we may be, 
Thou God, our great Protector, 
We love and worship thee. Amen." 

To the Leader: At the beginning of this new year we 
are starting a new missionary project. By this time you 
should have on hand the project leaflet, Visiting in Bura- 
land, and the Opening Program. But a new project can 
not be thrust upon the group ; their interest must be aroused 
so that they will desire to know and study about their 
African friends. One of the best ways of creating inter- 
est is to have a missionary on furlough from Africa tell 
some of his or her experiences. Since this is not possible 
for many of the junior groups, pictures and African curios 
will serve the purpose. Whatever means you may use to 
arouse enthusiasm, keep in mind that your purpose 
throughout is to create a feeling of friendliness for the 
African boys and girls. 

As leader you will need to be familiar with the geog- 
raphy of Africa, know something of the people and cus- 
toms, have a knowledge of what missions have accom- 
plished in the Dark Continent. Geographies, the National 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1937 

Geographic and Travel magazines, biographies of mission- 
aries will give you much of the needed information. News 
From the Field at various times during the year and the 
special Africa number of The Gospel Messenger will give 
you material about our own work in Africa. 
Offering Service: 
Leader : What was God's great Christmas gift of love 

to us? 
Juniors: John 3: 16. 
Leader : What did the wise men give to the Christ 

Juniors : They worshiped him, and opening their treas- 
ure they offered unto him gifts, gold and frankin- 
cense and myrrh. 
Leader: What can a boy and girl of today give to him? 
Juniors : Their worship, service and a generous share 

of their money. 
Leader: How can we give service and money to him? 
Juniors : By giving to others for his sake. 
Hymn : We Give Thee But Thine Own. 

" O year that is going, take with you 
The evil that dwells in my heart ; 
Let selfishness and doubt 
With the old year go out, 
With you I would see them depart. 

" O year that is coming, bring with you, 
Some virtue of which I have need; 
More patience to bear, 
And more kindness to share, 
And more love that is true love indeed." 


I Would Be True. 

Benediction: Philpp. 4: 8. 

Friendly Share Letters 

One of the beautiful statues in the city of Bern, Switzerland, repre- 
sents the globe encircled with letters. Letters of information, busi- 
ness and friendship are passed from hand to hand until they have 
passed around the earth. The statue is symbolic of the wonderful 
blessing which is ours in these days when we may hear often and 
regularly from friends both far and near. Again we are sharing 
with the readers of The Gospel Messenger one of the interesting 
share letters from Anklesvar, India, telling about the happy witnessing 
of the older school girls. — Ed. 

Anklesvar, Broach District, India 

October 30, 1936 

Dear Shareholders of the Anklesvar Girls' School: 

We write so much about what goes on in our school that 
I believe you would like to know something about what 
the girls do when they are at home in their villages. This 
time 1 am going to translate for you sections from some 
of the compositions they have written about their vacations. 

These are from the big girls' compositions. 

"We have an old woman in the Widows' Home here at 
Anklesvar that we call Dosima [old mother, a respectful 
term often used for old women]. Last March a monkey 
came dashing across the mango orchard. Dosima had just 
washed her dishes and was standing in front of her door. 
He jumped on her and threw her down. Her leg was 
broken near the hip, so she was entirely helpless. When 
vacation time came, all of us who live in the hostel all 
the time were ready to help care for her. We took turns 
in cleaning up her room and caring for her in the daytime. 
Two of us together took turns in caring for her at night. 
We often sang songs with her and prayed with her too." 

The girls still take turns in caring for her, but she is 

not so difficult to handle as she was at first, nor does she 
take nearly so much care. 

For the first time, this year our District Meeting was 
held in a village church, away from a mission station. It 
was held in this girl's village. Thus another girl writes: 

"When I went home many people going to District Meet- 
ing were on the train with me. The mandvo [a sort of 
tabernacle built of woven bamboos] for the meeting was 
already built. Some of us were given the task of carrying 
water for the visitors. This we did for three days. After 
the meeting was over we cleaned up all the vessels that 
had been brought for use during the meeting and I saw that 
they were all taken back to the people who lent them. My 
relatives in the village were much pleased that I helped 
my mother in the house and my father in the fields while 
I was at home. I taught the children in the village songs 
and games and stories too. Some of the parents said such 
things are for idle children so wouldn't let theirs come. 
But when moonlight nights came round these children would 
often call me to come and play with them. If I was busy 
they would sit and wait until my work was finished. The 
women too would often come to sit and talk in the eve- 
nings. I helped them with their sewing and patching in 
the daytime. In the evenings we usually talked about 
religion and had prayer together before they left." 

Others wrote as follows : "When I went home there were 
new babies in three of the families near us. The mothers 
were uneducated village women. They didn't keep any 
clothes on their babies and put them into an old cloth tied 
from one post to another, hammock fashion, to sleep. I 
made a little dress for each of these babies, and tried to 
teach the mothers why they shouldn't keep them doubled 
up in these hammocks to sleep." 

"My father was a drunkard before he became a Christian, 

and now his old friends make it hard for him and all the 

rest of us too. But he bears it all patiently, and hasn't 

fallen once in all the temptation that has come to him." 

"I helped with the work in the house, and helped my 

father in the fields too when I was at home, but not on 
Sundays. On Sundays I helped conduct prayers. Some- 
times in the evenings the boys and girls in our village 
with the teacher and the Christian people of the village went 
to near-by villages for evangelistic meetings. We had an 
interesting time trudging along the dusty roads at night. 
We often sang all the way from one village to another. 
Sometimes our light went out and then we had to lead the 
little children carefully. Sometimes some of the larger chil- 
dren would laugh at the little ones. We tried to make them 
want to be helpful instead. Usually the people were very 
happy when we came for a meeting." 

"Our teacher was transferred to another village. He asked 
us to help in the program when the new school was opened. 
Not a girl in that village had gone to school so the master 
was especially anxious for us to come. We prepared some 
numbers for the program and went. How surprised these 
people were at what we could do ! How happy they were 
that we came ! Many Christian people from four differ- 
ent villages came to this meeting. After the program we 
sang until morning. Then the people gave us tea and we 
went home." 

In much the same way are many of our young people 
laying hold on every opportunity for service. Pray for them 
and for us as we try to inspire in them a passion to lift 
up the Christ among their own people. 

Yours for a Christian India, 

Elsie N. Shickel. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1937 




A Word to Sunday-school Superintendents 

As you know, the annual church reports have been com- 
ing into the Elgin office for the past two or three months, 
and from them our mailing list of Sunday-school superin- 
tendents is being revised. We find quite a number of 
changes and we welcome those of you who are new in the 

You have recently received a packet of materials from 
our office. For various reasons more could not be sent to 
you at this time. However, there are certain additional 
pieces of free literature that each superintendent should 
have in his possession. Perhaps you have obtained them 
at Annual Conference or certain other district or local con- 
ferences. It is suggested that you go over the following 
list carefully and order any that you do not have : 

1936-37 Catalog of Missionary and Christian Education 

1936-37 Brethren Loan Library Leaflet. 

Building Together a Christian Community (a leaflet re- 
garding the 1936-37 emphasis on " Christ in the Life of 
the Community "). 

Prospectus on New Graded Lessons. 

Your Intermediates and You. 

What Is the B. Y. P. D. For? 

As source materials for your church school work, we 
suggest that you follow closely each week the Church at 
Work section of The Gospel Messenger, the article section 
of the Teachers' Monthly, and the International Journal of 
Religious Education. The letter is a monthly magazine for 
church school workers — price $1.25 per year. If you are 
not familiar with this magazine, ask for a free sample copy 
when you order the above materials. The International 
Council of Religious Education furnishes these for those 
interested. Address your request to the Board of Chris- 
tian Education, 22 South State St., Elgin, Illinois. We shall 
endeavor to be of help to you whenever you write. 

A Teachers' Meeting That Increases the Teacher's 

Our Sunday-school teachers have what I think is a fine 
method of sharing their best thinking. They meet on the 
last Saturday night of each month in one of the homes. 
After a brief worship service, the lessons for the next 
month are studied and discussed in sequence. The value of 
the discussion is in direct proportion to the amount of 
thinking that each teacher has previously given each les- 

After the lessons have all been studied, the entire group 
participates in a short but very interesting social period. 
This affords the evening's added social attraction. 

I am sharing this idea with others who, like myself, 
thought that to meet regularly and discuss a Sunday-school 
lesson would be dull sport. As long as each one has at 
heart the best interests and growth of the church school, 
these meetings will be extremely helpful to all concerned. 
The idea is simple in content, but fascinating in execution. 

I know that this plan is known in many places ; I invite 
only those church leaders to think on this who have diffi- 
culty in getting their teachers to study their lesson — even 
once, thoroughly! — Geo. D. Weybright, Buchanan, Mich. 


Lives of Pioneer Missionaries 

Sunday, January 17 
Rom. 10: 12-15 
I. Life Sketch of Eliza B. Miller. 
II. Life Sketch of Elder J. M. Blough. 
III. Life Sketches of Brother and Sister F. H. Crumpacker. 
Topics for Discussion: 

1. The "Go Ye" means me. How shall I answer the 

2. The Church of the Brethren should double the number 
of her missionaries in the next five years. 

This outline is based on the program, " Life Sketches of 
Pioneer Missionaries," arranged by Nora M. Rhodes, and 
may be obtained from the General Mission Board for 5c, or 
see your missionary committee. 


What Produces a Leader? 

None of us have enough leaders in our churches. How 
go about it to get more? A brief examination of whence 
come leaders might give us a clue. 

1. A leader arises usually when a great need is seen to 
be unmet. 

Jane Addams built Hull House in Chicago because one 
day as a child she drove through the streets of the slums 
of her city, and saw suffering humanity. 

Moral : If you can prove to strategic people in your 
church and community that some real, vital, human needs 
are not being met, they may be willing to become your 

2. A good leader often arises simply out of childhood ex- 
periences of leadership. Many active adult leaders are 
working because they were made Sunday-school teachers, 
Sunday-school and church officers, and choristers before 
they were sixteen years old. 

Moral: Break in as many of your promising adolescents 
as you can by asking them to serve as apprentices, sub- 
stitutes, or in really great emergencies actually to take re- 
sponsibility for a job. The latter is an extreme measure ; 
it's expensive business letting a doctor learn by having him 
practice without training. It might be good for him but 
hard on patients 1 

3. Good leaders are made out of people who want to lead. 
Have you ever known a " diamond in the rough " who 

hadn't a single apparent ability but who wanted to lead? 
Such people will often go through severe and arduous 
training, criticism and gruelling experiences to prepare 
themselves. Their first motives may be selfish and their 
efforts uncouth, but they may be your best ones in the long 

Moral: Don't look just for finished leaders. Pick out 
the people who want to do things, and then bank on their 
enthusiasm to carry them through. 


Second Fellowship Dinner, Eastern Maryland 

On Sept. 29 the second fellowship dinner for Eastern 
Maryland was held in the Liberty Heights (First) cburch, 
Baltimore. The attendance increased to eighty-two in 
spite of rain, and represented nine congregations. A fca- 


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ture of the dinner was music, singing and harmonica, by 
the North Baltimore Kiwanis group, who kindly came to 
the dinner for this purpose. 

Growing interest is manifest in the fellowship dinners, as 
they offer a means for getting the laymen of the district 
acquainted with each other. The next dinner is scheduled 
for Frederick the last week in March. 


Missions and Youth 

I. Our Contacts Are World Wide 

Have you ever stopped to think just what is going on in 
the wide world today? In less than twenty years the forms 
of government directing the lives of more than a billion 
people have been radically changed or they are in the 
process of making radical changes. In Russia, China, Mex- 
ico, Spain, Germany, India, Italy and elsewhere, in half the 
world and more, these radical changes have been going on. 
And the miracle of it is that we may stand by and witness 
this mighty spectacle. Modern means of communication 
and travel, our newspapers and the radio, portray to us 
daily the whole world as an arena in which forces are at 
work and in conflict determining the destinies of the hu- 
man race. 

But there is something more thrilling than witnessing 
this mighty spectacle. And that something is the thrilling 
fact that we are all a part of it. We are down there in 
that arena wielding forces that are determining the welfare 
of the human family. For today our contacts are world 
wide. The radio and other things that make possible for 
us to witness the daily trend of events are an evidence of 
that fact. Another evidence of our world-wide contacts 
will be seen upon a moment's reflection on the articles we 
are using in everyday life. We have silk from Japan, cof- 
fee from the East Indies, sugar from the West Indies, cop- 
per from Congo, rubber from South America, tin from 
Nigeria, chocolate from the gold coast, and so on. It 
really has been for the utilization of these raw materials 
that lines of travel and means of communication have been 
developed. And since we all use these and many other 
articles, we all have a part in the economic exploitation 
which securing them involves. Economically our contacts 
are world wide. 

And politically the contacts are world wide. As great 
political leaders consider how to establish stable govern- 
ments for such a time as this, they see that they must 
think in terms of world-wide application. Hitler speaks of 
a world system. The communist chants, " We are chang- 
ing the world." We had our slogan, " Make the world 
safe for democracy." The supposition is that if these sys- 
tems are good anywhere, they will be good everywhere. 
Or is it perhaps stronger than that — and that to be really 
stable and effective anyv/here they must be accepted every- 
where ? 

And just here in this day when our contacts are world 
vvide ; is where the Christian youth comes in. He, too, is 
confident that Christ's message of hope and love and broth- 
erhood must be accepted the wide world around, for it is 
the only way that will work. And so he sees that the eco- 
nomic and political aspects of his life must be an expres- 
sion of that message. But most of all, he sees in the mis- 
sion work of the church his supreme opportunity to make 
that message effective in the world-wide conflict. And by 
his enthusiastic support of missions that day is brought 
nearer when the kingdoms of this world become the king- 
doms of our God and his Christ, and he shall reign for- 
ever and ever. — H. Stover Kulp. 


World Day of Prayer 

Feb. 12, 1937 

Each year Christians of all races and nations assemble to 
send up their prayers to the Father of all mankind. Each 
year on the first Friday in Lent there is a chain of prayer 
encircling the globe. One missionary in writing of the 
blessing received by all who participated at their station 
remarked that it would be interesting to see all the groups 
everywhere and hear the prayers in the many different 

For the observance of the World Day of Prayer this 
year on Feb. 12 the program, " Thou Art the Christ the 
Son of the Living God," was written by Miss Mable Shaw, 
founder of the Livingstone Memorial Girl's Boarding school 
in Northern Rhodesia, Africa. The program is prepared 
for adults and young people and should be adapted to the 
community. Enough programs should be ordered so that 
each person may have one. They are 2c each or $2 per 
hundred. The call to prayer which should be distributed 
in advance of the day is free. The poster, a photograph of 
the Easter morning cross in Honolulu, is 5c. Every church 
should have a' poster and as far as possible let the churches 
be open throughout the day for meditation. The material 
is now ready and you may order at once so that there be 
no last minute delays. Begin the promotion of this impor- 
tant event several weeks in advance. Make it a day of 
rich spiritual experiences. — Nora M. Rhodes. 

Women's Report Blanks 

The district and .local report blanks have just been sent 
out to the forty-nine district secretary-treasurers of our 
church. The local blanks will soon be sent on to each local 
secretary-treasurer. As soon as these blanks reach the lo- 
cal churches it is hoped that the local cabinet officers will 
meet together to fill out the blanks. The questions can 
be answered much more readily if those who are in charge 
of the various departments are present to make their re- 
ports. The blanks should be filled in as nearly complete 
as possible according to the organizations you have in your 
local churches. Full instructions are on the blanks. 

On receipt of the local blanks from all the local groups 
over the district, the District Secretary will collect the in- 
formation and assemble it on her district blank and send 
it to headquarters at Elgin. Since the district blanks 
should reach Elgin by April 1, it will be a great help to 
your District Secretary-Treasurer if the local groups work 
on their blanks very soon. 

This is the time when local and district dues are sent in. 
Let each group of women be faithful in sending in the $1 
dues to the District Treasurer, so that she may then send 
the $5 district dues to Miss Anetta C. Mow at Elgin. Shall 
not we be prompt with both the blanks and the dues? — ■ 
Anetta C. Mow. 


Supplementary Helps 

Leaders of intermediate departments need source ma- 
terials of various kinds. Since our intermediate graded 
lessons have been adapted from the materials of the Chris- 
tian denomination, their supplementary helps are quite use- 
ful. Two are suggested here. 

"Worship Programs," containing suggestions for a year 

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of work, may be had in three volumes, SOc each. If you 
have used Volume I, you might like to have one of the 

" Recreation Programs " is published in two volumes at 
25c each, with programs for each month of the year in 
each volume. These are particularly useful for the leader 
to put in the hands of the intermediates who are planning 

Any of these volumes may be purchased through the 
Brethren Publishing House, 22 S. State St., Elgin, 111. 
When you order, ask for Worship Programs, either Vol- 
umes I, II, or III ; or Recreation Programs, either Volume 
I or Volume II. 


Stewardship in the Children's Curriculum 

A new mimeographed bulletin, " Stewardship in the 
Brethren Graded Lessons " is available from the Board of 
Christian Education office, free of charge. 

Good adult givers are adults who learned how to give 
while they were children. What many of us do not realize 
is that our graded lessons are filled with suggestions for 
making children good stewards. The bulletin referred to 
above points out some of these materials. The following 
possible uses are suggested : 

1. Children's sermon talks. 

2. Worship service talks to children's departments. 

3. Help to individual teacher so that she may see that on 
her rests the task of getting across the stewardship teach- 
ing that is already in her materials. 

Perhaps half of our churches are using our own Breth- 
ren Graded Lessons. Don't let your children miss the fine 
stewardship teaching that is in them! 



The ministers and others who attended the conference 
of Missouri ministers, Nov. 23-25, at the Leeton church, re- 
ceived much inspiration and practical help for future work. 
Although the group was small the three districts of the 
state were represented. 

Bro. J. W. Lear of Bethany Biblical Seminary gave two 
stirring addresses one each on Monday and Tuesday 
evenings. He also gave many helpful suggesstions during 
his seminars on Program Building and Better Preaching as 
well as during other discussion periods. His help was very 
much appreciated by all present. 

Shepherding and Organizing the Parish, was the theme 
Tuesday afternoon. Bro. J. A. Eby spoke on: Shepherding 
the Congregation. Bro. R. J. Gibbs discussed: Lay Par- 
ticipation. He emphasized the willingness of lay members 
to help in the program of the church if given the proper 
encouragement. These talks were followed by a seminar 
led by Bro. I. V. Enos. 

Brethren D. C. Gnagy, J. H. Mathis and O. P. Williams 
discussed the willingness of young people to assist in the 
work of the church and gave examples of several young 
men and women who have served efficiently in pastoral 
work in several of the churches of the state. The need for 
a closer co-operation between our college and seminary 
and the local churches was emphasized. This would give 
more opportunities to our young people who desire to 
serve, and also be a vital help to our churches where lead- 
ership is so greatly needed. The work of placing these 

young people is at present in the hands of our field men — 
J. H. Mathis, D. C. Gnagy and A. W. Adkins, who have al- 
ready been of great assistance in this field. 

Bro. O. P. Williams presented some interesting facts 
about McPherson College Alumni, the present needs of the 
school and some plans for meeting these needs. Special 
mention should be made of music rendered by the War- 
rensburg chorus under direction of Mrs. D. C. Gnagy. 

The group passed a resolution encouraging the field men 
to co-operate with the co-ordinated organizations which 
are working for the best interests of our children and 
young people and to pass on to our churches any informa- 
tion and suggestions which can be used for the benefit of 
our local groups. Some immediate objectives of the group 
are : to keep in touch and co-operate with the Church 
Reaching Outward Movement ; to work for a life centered 
program and to promote the indigenous local programs and 
make them glow with spiritual vitality. 

The people of the Leeton church are to be commended 
for their gracious hospitality during our stay in their 

midst - Maud Stump, 

Rich Hill, Mo. Secretary. 


In a community of but few homes just outside of the 
Roanoke corporation northeast a tent meeting was con- 
ducted during the summer of 1913. Following this series 
of meetings a house was constructed for a place of meet- 
ing and became known as William's chapel. However, dur- 
ing the early summer of 1916 this house became the proper- 
ty of The Church of the Brethren and was soon spoken of 
as the Tinker Creek mission. Bro. J. A. Hoover was in- 
strumental in bringing about this change. Brethren H. A. 
Hoover and C. E. Trout did the preaching for some time. 
A change was then made and Brethren P. B. Murray and 
Allen Flora continued the work until the first part of 1922, 
when Bro. C. D. Hylton became pastor of the mission, con- 
tinuing until some time during 1924. Following Bro. Hyl- 
ton, Sister Jennings (now Broughman) became leader of 
the flock. Bro. P. S. Miller was the appointed elder. 

The earliest Sunday-school record that I can learn of is 
that of the first quarter of 1923, showing an average at- 
tendance of forty-six, with an average contribution of $1.05. 
The average attendance arose to 100 during the latter part 
of 1925. 

Bro. Carl Spangler became pastor in March of 1926. He 
found the house too small and there came one of those 
times of hard work, enlarging and remodeling the building. 
Bro. Spangler continued his labors with the church here 
until the fall of 1928. 

Bro. I. T. Hooker became elder following the death of 
Bro. P. S. Miller, and is still our elder. He and Sister 
Hooker have done much going and coming, visiting, at- 
tending meetings and sacrificing for the church. 

Following Bro. Spangler, Bro. C. M. Key became pastor 
of the Tinker Creek mission. Bro. Key has continued for 
eight years. From 1929 to 1934 Bro. Key conducted six 
revivals adding 172 new members by baptism and 29 by 

The Sunday school has continued to grow. The average 
attendance moved up from 100 to 115 during 1929. During 
the first part of 1935 the average attendance reached 175 
but has not held up quite to that average. 

During March of 1934 Tinker Creek became a self-sup- 
porting congregation and began to pay our pastor's salary 
without aid from the Mission Board. 


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During 1934 members of the B. Y. P. D. desired a sepa- 
rate and better arranged place for their programs. It was 
not until the early part of 1935 that work started toward 
remodeling. Men, women, boys and girls did their bit in 
raising funds. The men gave much free labor. September 
found us prepared to handle a larger crowd in the revival 
conducted by Bro. Guy West. 

The weekly bulletin started during 1935 proved a bless- 
ing in helping to keep the work of the church before the 

There were many unfinished touches on the building and 
needed equipment left over to 1936. New steel chairs for 
the new auditorium and choir, new hymnals and the pur- 
chasing of a new furnace — these were all secured and paid 
for with the exception, that part of the money was bor- 
rowed to finish paying for the furnace, Dec. 12, 1936. 

The co-operative evangelistic drive at Easter time proved 
a blessing. Six new members were gained. Three by bap- 
tism and three by letter. 

Many former friends were present at the twentieth anni- 
versary celebration on June 28, 1936. Bro. C. D. Hylton 
was the first speaker. He spoke on building to meet hu- 
man needs. Sister Broughman then spoke on building on 
solid rock. Following Sister Broughman's message came 
a feast of good eats and a fellowship hour. Bro. Herbert 
Taylor gave a paper on : Twenty Years of Progress. At 
this point Bro. Huffman gave special music. Following the 
music Bro. Russel G. West gave the dedicatory address. 
At Hill Top Vespers Bro. J. Allen Flora gave a talk on the 
subject: Gratitude Back to the Church. Bro. C. E. Eller 
conducted the worship at the fourth session. Bro. Carl 
Spangler spoke on Tinker Creek of Tomorrow. He said : 
" The hope of tomorrow is in evangelism and regenera- 

On Aug. 30 Bro. Guy West began our revival, continuing 
two weeks. The meetings closed with thirteen baptized 
and seven received by letter. 

In reviewing the work at Tinker Creek there have been 
many names not mentioned of those who have contributed 
to the work, brethren and sisters from near-by congrega- 
tions, and also faithful laymen and women within the con- 
gregation. The burning of the church on Dec. 13 has filled 
many hearts with sorrow. It was indeed a great loss to 
the community that has grown to many homes needing the 
Christ message. May our heavenly Father richly bless you 
one and all for your labors and sacrifices to rebuild and 
continue striving for a better and more efficient church in 
the future. Kenneth S. Kinzie. 

Roanoke, Va. 


After more than a year of inactivity, the Men's Fellow- 
ship group of Wiley met in the church social rooms on the 
evening of Dec. 1. 

H. D. Ferbrache, president of the organization, intro- 
duced those who were attending their first meeting and 
the pastor, O. E. Messamer, who acted as chairman of the 
evening. There was a program of music by the high school 
band led by Rev. Russell Ralston of the school faculty, 
an address of welcome by J. R. Ellenberger, teacher of the 
class, and response by Dave Duncanson, also of the faculty. 
Senator Guy Hudson then gave a brief history of the class 
and its work; Rev. Ralston spoke of the possibilities of 
such service and the Rev. W. R. Williams of the M. E. 
church gave a challenging address on : "Why People Are 
Not Interested in the Church." 

More music, the doxology and benediction with thanks 
for the refreshments closed the program. 

All were then served with oysters by a committee of 
men to whom appreciation is due for the splendid service 
rendered. Fifty-six were present. 

This meeting launches what we expect to be a year of 
enjoyable fellowship and helpful service to our church and 
community. In addition to church attendance, the Mes- 
senger subscription campaign is our present project. 

Wiley, Colo. R. H. Crumpacker, Secretary. 


The Pomona (California) congregation's church building 
was extensively damaged by fire on Sunday morning, Dec. 
13. The blaze, which broke out about an hour before time 
for Sunday school, was traced to a small open gas heater 
used in a classroom in the northwest corner of the build- 
ing on the main floor. A number of these heaters are used 
in the small classrooms, while two gas furnaces serve the 
main auditorium. The janitor had followed his usual prac- 
tice of lighting the heaters early and then returning home. 
Consequently the fire was not discovered until a neighbor 
saw flames shooting through the roof of the building and 
turned in an alarm. The fire department, once it arrived on 
the scene and sounded a second alarm to call out every 
available fireman in the city, quickly got the fire under 

The heater must have been defective in some way, al- 
though it can not be known just how. A hole was burned 
in the floor beneath it; then the flames followed a vertical 
path along and inside of the wall of the room, through 
another classroom on the level above, and then into the 
attic. The fire did not spread horizontally until it reached 
the attic, but there it rapidly swept through the entire 
length of the building. 

The roof and the auditorium ceiling were ruined beyond 
repair. Water spoiled most of the plastering in the build- 
ing. Some of the furnishings were damaged, though only 
slightly and largely by water rather than fire. By the 
careful use of salvage covers and efficient fire-lighting the 
firemen prevented more extensive damage. The loss has 
been appraised at something more than $4,000 and will 
practically all be recovered in insurance. By a fortunate 
coincidence the insurance was just enough to cover the 
actual loss, though it would have been quite inadequate if 
the building had been totally destroyed. 

For a number of years sentiment in the congregation has 
been growing in favor of a new location. The present site 
is on the edge of an advancing industrial district and offers 
practically no residence territory as a field for extension. 
Ordinarily this problem would not have become acute for 
several more years, but the fire made imperative a far- 
reaching decision: Should the church rebuild its present 
plant and thus commit itself to the old location for a long 
time to come, or should it take this opportunity to move? 

The question was given thorough consideration at two 
special councils. The second meeting, on Monday, Dec. 21, 
voted unanimously to dispose of the present property and 
to seek a new location. A building committee was chosen 
to consider possible sites and propositions. Thus the 
disaster may yet ultimately prove a blessing. 

All services scheduled for the day of the fire were can- 
celled. On the following Sunday, with the insurance set- 
tlement not complete and the future in doubt, temporary 
quarters were found for the morning services at Throne 
Business College and for a Christmas cantata in the eve- 

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ning at the Y. M. C. A. auditorium. Some of the usual 
Christmas observances were cancelled. 

Practically all the churches in the neighborhood offered 
the congregation their facilities. Among these offers was 
one of a building at East Sixth and Linden streets owned 
by the Seventh Day Adventists and abandoned for a bet- 
ter plant only last summer. This building, though small, 
offered the advantage of complete freedom to follow our 
program without inconveniencing others. The second spe- 
cial council decided on this building for our services until 
we again have quarters of our own. Our church annex, 
which was not affected by the fire, is also available for 
small meetings, socials, and the aid society. 

Pomona, Calif. Lorell Weiss. 


The fall organization gave new management to the Sun- 
day school with Bro. M. W. Garber, superintendent and 
Bro. Olen Miller, assistant. The installation services con- 
ducted by Bro. Henry were well attended. The school is 
now in the midst of the semiannual drive for funds for our 
building project. The gifts are brought together and placed 
in a chest provided for the purpose, and with appropriate 
services by the pastor. 

We have enjoyed a number of times during the summer 
and fall, variations from the regular church program 
through the different organizations functioning by using 
the home talent and by special speakers. Dr. W. H. Sanger 
of Bridgewater gave us a practical sermon on the develop- 
ment of personality, substituting in our pastor's absence. 

Bro. A. C. Miller of Pennsylvania stopped over with us 
on his homeward way from holding a meeting in his old 
home church near Grottoes and gave us positive proof 
of the reply to the question that John's disciples came to 
inquire of Jesus, " Art thou he that should come, or look 
we for another?" 

Bro. Jacob Replogle, a student at Bridgewater College, 
on a Sunday night recently stirred his hearers with the 
Christian responsibility of caring for the youth of the 
church. Bro. Earl Bowman of Philadelphia, on a Sunday 
morning in the early autumn, made a life of service stand 
out most beautifully as he spoke of Jesus' manner, " And 
he went about doing good." Bro. Minor C. Miller of 
Bridgewater filled the pulpit one Sunday morning in No- 
vember. He gave a comprehensive lecture on conditions 
in Europe, echoes from the world Sunday-school conven- 
tion and the terrible darkness of Russia without God. He 
also made the Sunday-school hour very interesting in re- 
lating his visit to the old prison where Paul sang in the 
middle of the night and other places of those pagan times. 
Brother and Sister Alva Harsh stopped over with friends 
in Harrisonburg, Sept. 2, as they were leaving their home 
churches on their final visit prior to sailing for the China 
mission field where they have been called to serve; they 
were en route for a short visit to Petersburg, W. Va., where 
they had served as pastors for two years. There was a 
meeting arranged for them at the church where they 
spoke to a group of thirty-five of the young people and 
others, that they might share their missionary zeal with 
the youth of the church. Bro. Ernest Coffman stopped and 
worshiped with us on a Sunday morning in November, en 
route to Florida from Roanoke City where he had been 
engaged in a revival. Bro. J. M. Henry, our pastor, was 
absent the last Sunday in November and the first Sunday 
in December holding a revival in the Washington City 
church following the preaching mission. The pulpit was 

supplied through the temperance director, Sister Nellie 
Wampler, on Oct. 25 in the person of Lawyer Geo. N. Con- 
rad, a veteran temperance worker. He showed staggering 
figures on the increase of drunkenness and debauchery 
and conditions worse than in the days of the old-time sa- 
loon. On Dec. 6 our missionary director, Sister Lottie 
Bowman, gave the church opportunity to view the activi- 
ties of our missionaries on the field by having Bro. Ernest 
Wampler and wife and Sister Valley Diehl, with our home 
talent and a reader, to play out in a pageant before the 
people representing the twenty-five years of our church 
work in China. 

The peace director, Sister Edith Garber, gave a short 
play on Sunday night, Nov. 15, entitled, " America for 
Americans." The love feast communion service was held 
on Nov. 22. Our elder, Bro. Cool, was present. Bro. Henry 
deviated somewhat from the usual custom by having the 
young folks do the scripture reading for the occasion. 

Bro. Henry preached an outstanding sermon recently on 
Enemy No. 1 to the Christian church, which he said was 
pride. The Women's Work has organized again for an- 
other year under the leadership of Sister J. D. Wampler, 
director. The different phases of Women's Work each 
function once in a public program during the year. The 
Aid Society's play, "Who Is My Neighbor?" is yet to be 
given. A number of mission books were read, also some in 
the home enrichment field. One service was put on by 
our home enrichment director, Sister C. S. Mundy, which 
was very impressive and new for this church, a consecra- 
tion service for babies. 

The men of the Second and Northern Districts of Vir- 
ginia met in the Harrisonburg church on the evening of 
Nov. 10 for a banquet. The ladies of the home church 
served the meal to a few over 125 guests. The guest 
speaker was Bro. R. E. Mohler of McPherson, Kans. He 
is an outstanding consecrated layman, and very much con- 
cerned about the local church ; he says that we can not go 
forward without looking to the support and strengthening 
of the local churches. Bro. Mohler was en route to the Re- 
gional Conference which was held in Roanoke, Nov. 12, 13. 

Miss Florence Hostetter, the director of the week day 
school of religious education for the region around Har- 
risonburg and several adjoining counties, was invited to 
speak to our church group on her impressions of the Oslo 
conference in Norway. This she did on a Sunday morning 
in October. She spoke of the Christian atmosphere and in- 
fluence felt everywhere, not only in the conference, but 
throughout the country where they visited. She attributed 
this to some great things the country stands for. The 
teaching of religion through all the grades of school and on 
through high school and also to the co-operative religious 
movement through which they look after all their poor and 
unfortunate and help them to a chance to get on. She 
says we as citizens of a great country can well take heed. 

Our music department under the leadership of Bro. Joe 
Wine gave a hymn festival Sunday night, Dec. 6, in which 
hymn singing was stressed with the addition of a talk on 
the origin of music and the history of some of our great 

The B. Y. P. D. has done some outstanding things in 
working out their standard along the line of their seven- 
point goal they have set up through worship, service, study, 
leadership, finance, recreation and organization. The 
Northern District of Virginia holds as an award a large 
picture, for the B. V. P. D. which presents the best vear 
book of activities when they come together in their youth 
conference at the close of their year's work. It any one 


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group wins three successive years with the best annual, 
the picture becomes theirs for possession. Our group has 
been the winner for the last two years. They have given 
their book a very significant name, " The Torch," meaning 
" Go Forward." Mrs. A. Fred Cline. 

Harrisonburg, Va. 


Let us tell you about an interesting service that was 
held at the Painter Creek church last Sunday morning. 
Three couples who had been married over fifty years were 
present and were given due honor and recognition. These 
couples were Brother and Sister John W. Fourman, Brother 
and Sister Owen Eikenberry and Brother and Sister Clinton 
Wehrley. The couples had been married 52, 53 and 55 years 
respectively and each had enjoyed fellowship in the Church 
of the Brethren practically the full length of married life. 

For the basis of the sermon, 2 Sam. 19 : 35 was first 
considered where Barzillai, 80 years old, complainingly de- 
clared that he was on the shady side of the hill and couldn't 
expect much. Then as a contrast, Joshua 14: 10, 11 was 
taken up where Caleb, full 85 years old, exultingly shouted 
that he was on the sunny side, next to glory and could 
expect everything. 

A few minutes were allotted to each couple who tapped 
their vast store of memories and gave some very interest- 
ing reflections about their wedding day, what the officiating 
minister had told them and how much they had enjoyed 
connubial life with each other and with God. 

The audience seemed to get the following points from 
the service : 

1. It pays to maintain a Christian home. 

2. Divorce is an unhappy condition — all too prevalent 
today — and is quite unnecessary. 

3. So long as God gives us breath, he has some im- 
portant duty for us to perform. 

4. Our aged saints are among the community's best 

The six venerable guests of honor — we called them guests 
because they were invited to take the front seat for the 
occasion — enjoyed the service very much and took renewed 
delight in the fact that they are still alive and able, as 
seasoned veterans of the cross, to effectively witness that, 
"I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he 
is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against 
that day." R oy Honeyman. 

Greenville, Ohio. 


From time to time I have been very much interested and 
encouraged by different testimonies on baptism with the 
Holy Spirit which I have read in The Gospel Messenger, 
and feel led to add mine to those already given. 

I was seeking the Lord for a long time before he ever 
baptized me in the Holy Ghost. I often had many anoint- 
ings. When I first heard of the baptism of the Holy 
Ghost it put a hunger in my heart for the baptism. . There 
was a time in my life when I thought that the Pentecostal 
experience was only for the one hundred and twenty in the 
upper room. But I found out that it was for all who be- 
lieve. In Acts 2: 39 we read: "For the promise is unto 
you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even 
as many as the Lord our God shall call." Praise the Lord. 
Then I believed that the promise was for me. I began 
searching the Scriptures and asking God to fill me with the 

Holy Spirit. The word of God was made real to me as I 
was reading it and the book of Acts and many other Scrip- 
tures that spoke about being filled with the Spirit. In Eph. 
5 : 18, 19 it is commanded : " And be not drunk with 
wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 
speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual 
songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the 

I was at a Pentecostal camp meeting when the Lord bap- 
tized me with the Holy Ghost and with fire (Matt. 3: 11). 
As I was praying and others were praying with me the 
power of God was upon me and I began to speak in other 
tongues as the Spirit gave utterance (Acts 2: 4). Praise 
the Lord. Jesus was made more real to me than ever. 
The words, " Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel 
to every creature," were also made real to my heart. 

The baptism of the Holy Ghost does not just make a 
person feel good or get happy as some people think, but 
it gives you more power to witness, power to pray, power 
to live an overcoming life. 

Praise the Lord he is still pouring out his Spirit today as 
he did on the Day of Pentecost. 

Christian friends, if you want more power in your life 
seek the Lord and tarry in Jerusalem until ye are endued 
with power from on high. Ask him to fill you with the 
Holy Ghost. In Acts 1 : 8 we read, " But ye shall receive 
power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and 
ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all 
Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the 

You can get much from God if you receive the baptism 
that you will never get otherwise. 

God can get much out of your life if you receive the bap- 
tism that he can never get otherwise. 

" Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after right- 
eousness ; for they shall be filled." 

Quakertown, Pa. Miss Violet George. 


Albert Allen Evans was born Dec. 23, 1866, near Hunts- 
dale, Pa.; he died Sept. 26, 1936, at the home of his son, 
also near Huntsdale. Bro. Evans was the oldest son of 

Michael and Catherine Del- 
linger Evans. He is survived 
by his wife, one son and one 

He united with the Church 
of the Brethren at Huntsdale 
about forty-three years ago. 
He lived in the Huntsdale 
community until his death. 
He was a graduate of Ship- 
pensburg State Teachers' Col- 
lege, class of 1892, and had 
been teaching in the rural 
schools since that time. 

He was elected to the minis- 
try about twenty-six years ago. 
In 1925 he was elected elder of the Huntsdale congregation. 
In May of 1934 he was confined to his bed with a strepto- 
coccic infection of the throat, from which he never fully 
recovered, although he was able to be about his duties. 

In August of 1936, on account of ill health, he very re- 
luctantly asked the official body of the church that he 
might be relieved of his preaching appointments, which 
was granted. In September he took bronchial pneumonia, 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1937 


was confined to his bed for two weeks when the end came. 

Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Robert Cocklin 
in the church at Huntsdale, with interment in the adjoin- 
ing cemetery. Mrs. A. A. Evans. 

Carlisle, Pa. 


Bro. J. G. Kilhefner is eighty-one, and Sister Priscilla Kilhefner 
seventy-nine years old. They are very active and in good health con- 
sidering their age. They are always found at their post of duty when 

it is possible for them to be 
there. Bro. Kilhefner was born 
May 29, 1855. Sister Kilhefner 
(nee Meek) was born in 1857. 
Both were born and grew up in 
Eastern Pennsylvania near the 
Ephrata church. On Dec. 3, 
1876, they were married, and 
about two years later they cast 
their lot with the Ephrata 
church by Christian baptism. 

They made their home in the 
East until 1893, then moved 
west to Nebraska, and located 
in the Octavia church. While 
in this church they were called 
to the deacon's office, in which 
they have served very effi- 
ciently for forty-three years. 

Bro. Kilhefner is chairman 
of the official board at pres- 
ent in the Lincoln church. 
They lived in the Octavia 
church seven years; then they 
moved to Lincoln, where they 
lived for two years; then to 
Alva, Nebr., for five years on the farm. They moved back to Lin- 
coln in 1908 and have made this their home for the last twenty-eight 
years. For the past twenty-four years Bro. Kilhefner has worked for 
the Lincoln traction company and has seldom missed a day's work. 
He is still in active service with the same company in which he is 
highly honored as a faithful employe. Sister Kilhefner has been very 
active in the Aid work of the church she loves, honors and obeys. 
Bro. Kilhefner spent many years as chorister, helping spread the 
gospel in song. 

On Thursday, Dec. 3, 1936, they celebrated their sixtieth wedding 
anniversary. About 100 friends called in the afternoon and evening, 
presenting them with many beautiful flowers and gifts. Brother and 
Sister Kilhefner are both enjoying good health for which they thank 
the dear Lord. May the Father grant them many more years of serv- 
ice, and when their hands are folded and life's work is finished, may 
their mantle of service fall on us who are left. They will not leave us 
much of this world's goods, but they will leave the memory of a well- 
rounded Christian character and a heritage that will be worth more 
than the wealth of this world. 

Lincoln, Nebr. 

L. W. Smith. 


Lucile Winkels was born to Brutus S. and Grace (Harris) Winkels 
on Nov. 7, 1912. On Sunday, Oct. 18, 1936 she passed to her eternal 
home. On Sunday morning she had gone to Sunday school, played 

for the song service, explained the 
"corn harvest" poster and made an 
appeal that the Thanksgiving offer- 
ing be liberal. She hadn't felt much 
worse than usual. Then at 12:15 P. M.. 
while starting a fire in the grate at 
her home, she complained of dizzi- 
ness, was helped to a chair, and in 
a short time was dead of a heart 

She was a graduate of Rutlcdgc 
high school, had one year at Bridge- 
water College, Va., and some work 
at Teachers' College, Johnson City, 
Tenn. She had taught seven weeks 
of her second school as a grade teacher 
in her home community. 

She was baptized into the Meadow 
Branch Church of the Brethren May 
25, 1924. She enjoyed working in 
the church, Sunday school and 
B. Y. P. D. She was especially inter- 
ested in singing and playing for the various church services. She 
was church clerk and an assistant Sunday-school teacher. 

Lucile, with Mary Isenberg and other young people of the Ten- 
nessee District attended leaders' week at Camp Bethel this summer, 
also the district young people's conference. They enjoyed the associa- 

tion together very much and were greatly encouraged and helped 
by having attended. 

She had a very pleasant personality and a friendly smile for all. 
She enjoyed life. She is missed much in the home, church, com- 
munity and by all who knew her. May we profit by her short 
stay with us, and strive harder than ever before to do the bidding 
of our blessed Savior, and do the work she would have done in 
trying to lead others to him. 

Hundreds of people came to the little country church on Tuesday 
morning where she was laid beneath a blanket of flowers to await 
the Master's coming. Eld. R. B. Pritchett had charge of the funeral 
service, assisted by Brethren Frank Isenberg and Ray Harris. Lucile 
was the first to go from our family; she leaves father, mother, five 
sisters and two brothers. "She can not come back to us but we 
can go to her." Elsie Winkels. 

Bean Station, Tenn. 


Please note that the fifty cents required for the publication of a 
marriage notice may be applied to a three months' Gospel Mes- 
senger subscription for the' newly-married couple. Request should 
be made when the notice is sent, and full address given. 

Bowman- Wilson. — By the undersigned, at his home, Dec. 4, 1936. Mr. 
David Bowman and Miss Dorothy Wilson. — Merlin C. Shull, Johnson, 
City, Tenn. 

Countryman-Davis. — Nov. 5, Bro. Charles C. Countryman of Denver 
and Sister Opel E. Davis of Sterling, Colo.— S. G. Nickey, Colorado 
Springs, Colo. 

Morrison-Holl. — Dec. 19, Mr. Leland W. Morrison of Sterling, Colo., 
and Sister Mary E. Holl of Sterling, Colo.— S. G. Nickey, Colorado 
Springs, Colo. 


Coleman, Sister Eva, 44 years old, wife of C. W. Coleman, died at 
her home near Buena Vista, Va., Dec. 4, 1936, after suffering several 
years with diabetes. She had been a member of the Church of the 
Brethren since early in life. Surviving arc her husband, seven chil- 
dren and six grandchildren. Services in the Buena Vista church by 
Eld. R. M. Figgers, assisted by Eld. W. G. Kinzie. Burial in Green 
Hill cemetery. — Ethel M. Figgers, Oronoco. Va. 

Fiedler, Arthur Bernhart, was born near Leipsig, Germany, Oct. 29, 
1877, and died at the McPherson county hospital Dec. 12, 1936. At the 
age of three he came to America with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Julius 
Fiedler, and settled near Centertown, Mo. In 1903 he came to Mc- 
Pherson County, Kans., and at the time of his death he was living on 
a farm near Conway, Kans. Oct. 12, 1921, he married Mrs. Augusta 
Eakins who preceded him two years ago. He was confirmed in the 
Lutheran church; later he and his wife united with the Monitor Church 
of the Brethren with which church he was affiliated at the time of his 
death. He led a true Christian life and was a good father to Jimmy, 
the adopted son of his wife. He leaves two sisters and one brother. 
Funeral services in the Methodist church at McPherson by the writer 
with Rev. Coppidge assisting. Interment in McPherson cemetery — 
Galen B. Ogden, Conway, Kans. 

Griffin, Bro. Lewis E., died at his home in Port Providence, near 
Phoenixville, Pa.. Nov. 19, aged 84 years. He had been secretary of 
the Green Tree Sunday school since April 25, 1S80, almost 57 years. He 
was present to attend to his duties in the morning; at midnight he 
had gone to his reward. He is survived by one son and three daugh- 
ters. He was buried in Green Tree cemetery. Services by his pas- 
tor, Bro. H. S. Replogle.— Edith Replogle, Oaks, Pa. 

Gruber, Jesse, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Gruber, was born April 6. 
1898, and was instantly killed in a coal mine southeast of Astoria, III.. 
Dec. 7, 1936, aged 38 years, 8 months and 1 day. He was united in 
marriage to Bessie Bucher in 1916 who survives with seven children, 
four sons and three daughters. He is also survived by his father and 
one sister. He was a member of the Church of the Brethren. Funeral 
services were held in the Church of the Brethren conducted by Bro. 
E. F. Caslow of Virden, 111. Interment in Astoria cemetery.— Mrs. 
Rosella Sullivan. Astoria, 111. 

Michael, Samuel, was born near Burlington, Ind., July 25. 1862, and 
passed out of this life Nov. 19, 1936. In 18S5 he married Catherine 
Colvin. The family consisted of eleven children, and eight children 
with their mother survive. He was a member of the Church of the 
Brethren many years. Their home was in Flora a number of year- 
Funeral services were held in the Flora church by his pastor, D. W 
Shock. Interment in the Maple Lawn cemetery.— D. W. Shock, Flora. 

Simmons, Mrs. Mary, died at her home in Pipe Creek Township. 
Dec. 18, 1936. She was born July 2, 1861, the daughter of Joshua and 
Elisabeth Coblentz. She was married to William Stoncr in March. 
1881, and to them were born four children. The father died in 1888 and 
a son in 1932. She later married George Simmons, who died in 1915. 
She was a member of the Dunkard Brethren church. Surviving are 
three daughters, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1937 

half brothers. Services at Pipe Creek church by Eld. T. A. Shively. 
Burial iu adjoining cemetery. — Martha O. Hessong, Peru, Ind. 

Snyder, Sister Kate, nee Stehman, wife of Bro. Samuel Snyder, died 
at their home in Manheim, Pa., June 8, 1936, from the effects of a 
stroke, aged 76 years. She was a member of the Church of the 
Brethren for many years, leading a consistent life. She is survived 
by her husband, one brother and one sister. Services at Manheim 
house by the home ministers, with interment in Kreider cemetery. — 
Susan M. Cassel, Manheim, Pa. 

Stevens, Emma Hughes, was born near Flora, Ind., Feb. 14, 1863, and 
died Dec. 12, 1936. aged 73 years, 9 months and 28 days. She was 
married to James Hughes and to them were born nine children. Three 
preceded her in death. Following the death of Mr. Hughes she later 
married Charles Stevens who died four years ago. She was a member 
of the Church of the Brethren for many years. She spent her entire 
life in this vicinity. Funeral services were conducted in the church by 
the writer, her pastor. Burial in the Moss cemetery. — D. W. Shock, 
Flora, Ind. 



McFarland. — The fourth quarterly business meeting was held Dec. 2. 
Plans were made to hold a homecoming celebration in the spring, as 
that will be the twenty-fifth anniversary of the church. At our 
quarterly fellowship meeting Oct. 1, we held a birthday supper, having 
a table for each month of the year. Birthday banks were placed on 
each table in which those who wished placed their offering; there was 
$22 raised; this money is being used for Sunday-school equipment. A 
very appropriate service was held on Thanksgiving morning in which 
the sister church of our town joined with us. The program committee 
on peace has been putting on some very good programs. The men's 
organization put on their own supper, and held their election with J. C. 
Moomaw being chosen as president. The primary and junior depart- 
ments of the Sunday school are gradually growing, making us feel 
the need of more class room. Recently a missionary of the American 
Sunday School Union spoke to us, telling of many children in out of 
way places in our own country, who have never gone to Sunday school. 
It was decided at our business meeting to lift an offering once a quarter 
for this work. We are happily looking forward to our evangelistic 
meetings to be held Jan. 10 to 24 with Bro. Forest Eisenbise of Pasa- 
dena as evangelist. — Mrs. Ed Baker, McFarland, Calif., Dec. 15. 

Raisin City church was favored with a preaching mission series of 
sermons by our pastor, Bro. M. Alva Long, beginning Nov. 29, and 
continuing one week. Previous to the meetings he in company with 
Bro. Myers, another minister of our congregation, attended special 
services along the lines suggested and to be followed by special speak- 
ers that met in the city of Oakland and later in the city of Fresno. 
During the special meetings in our home church we were given very 
rich spiritual food and pointed to him who "came to seek and save 
the lost." Thus a real service in the Christian life was rendered to 
all who availed themselves of the splendid opportunity at hand. 
On Dec. 9 was our regular quarterly business meeting. Reports were 
heard from various boards and officers showing the departments to 
be in a growing, healthful condition. A number of officers were elected 
to fill vacancies. The Ladies' Aid reported growth and progress in 
their almost unlimited field of activities. In all lines we discover the 
need of work and service, "but who will go today?" Our pastor 
faithfully inspires us with a forward look. Everywhere God's chil- 
dren apparently face the insurmountable, but through the voice of the 
prophet we are bidden "go forward."— D. H. Forney, Raisin City, Calif., 
Dec. 10. 


Freeport.— Early in the fall our church held its general election for 
the year beginning Oct. 1. Bro. Martin Johansen was re-elected Sun- 
day-school superintendent and Bro. Dan Fierheller, assistant; Bro. 
I. D. Leatherman, presiding elder. Our pastor, Bro. Niels Esbensen, 
conducted a revival meeting in the Woodland church in September. 
In his absence our pulpit was filled by J. A. Mcllnay and Bro. P. R. 
Keltner, both of this city. From Nov. 8-15 our church enjoyed a 
preaching mission with the pastor in charge. The attendance was very 
good and we know the church was blessed. Our attendance so far 
this year in all services is the highest in the history of the church. 
Nov. 29 to Dec. 13 Bro. Esbensen conducted a revival in the Cherry 
Grove church, 111. Bro. H. Spenser Minnich preached for us on Dec. 6 
and E. R. Hendricks on Dec. 13; their messages were much appreci- 
ated. Bro. Paul Studebaker and his choir gave us a fine musical 
program the evening of Nov. 29. The Freeport church is enjoying 
unity and progress in the Lord's work and should any one wish to 
locate in this prosperous city we would do all in our power to be of 
service and to give them a real church home. — Florence Hauger Fire- 
baugh, Freeport, 111., Dec. 19. 

Okaw congregation met in council and elected church officers and 
committees for the coming year. Sister Lydia Turner was chosen 
correspondent. The church has secured Bro. A. Wayne Carr and wife 
to serve as pastors for a year beginning June 1, 1937. The Cerro 
Gordo B. Y. P. D. presented a play a few weeks ago. Dec. 13 a group 
of Negroes from Decatur, 111., gave a program of songs, music and 
readings.— Estella Emmert, Hammond, III., Dec. 21. 


Anderson.— We had our Christmas program Sunday evening, Dec. 20. 

A live Christmas tree was given, being composed of fifteen young 
sisters each holding different candescent lights which gave it a mar- 
velous effect. The other numbers were very good. The free-will 
offering amounted to nearly $40. Our sympathies are with Bro. Chester 
Cox in the departure of his companion who died Dec. 14. Bro. Cox is 
the teacher of our Bible class. He also served as superintendent for 
several terms. — Nila Alldredge, Anderson, Ind., Dec. 22. 

Anderson. — The Bible class held their monthly meeting last Sunday 
afternoon, following lunch together. The principal subjects consid- 
ered were how to increase our class attendance, and how to get mem- 
bers of each class to remain for the preaching services. We had 
with us Sister Edith Cotton, 84 years old, who gave a number of reci- 
tations, including some fine Christmas poems. — Nila Alldredge, An- 
derson, Ind., Dec. 21. 

Bethany. — Bro. Canfield and wife were with us in a series of meet- 
ings Oct. 26 to Nov. 8. Two were baptized. Our communion meet- 
ing was Nov. 14. Brother and Sister Canfield came for the service and 
he officiated. Brethren John Stout, Howard Kreider and Wm. Bru- 
baker, ministers, also were present. Bro. Bonsack was with us 
Dec. 12 and 13 and gave us fine messages. Bro. Daniel Clem will be 
superintendent of the Sunday school.— Mrs. Bertha B. Weybright, 
Syracuse, Ind., Dec. 21. 

Blissville church met in council Sept. 24 when Sunday-school' officers 
were elected for the coming year. Bro. Howard Rogers was again 
elected superintendent. Our series of meetings began Sept. 27 with 
Bro. Noah Miller of Bourbon in charge. Bro. Miller gave us some 
very good spirit- filled sermons. The meetings continued for two weeks, 
ending with the love feast. Six were' converted and received into the 
church by baptism and two were reclaimed. We again met in council 
Dec. 3. Our missionary society and Ladies' Aid have organized for 
1937. Sister Curtis Nutt is president of the former and Sister John 
Holderread, president of the Aid. These organizations are doing much 
good work. — Mae Pippenger, Plymouth, Ind., Dec. 21. 

Mexico. — A veritable season of refreshing has just been experienced 
by our church. We have not only had a series of meetings but, we 
are happy to report, a revival. There was a shower of blessing await- 
ing us each time we convened, throughout the two weeks of Nov. 22- 
Dec. 6. Beneath the hovering of the Holy Spirit, we had our imme- 
diate leadership in Evangelist J. Edwin Jarboe, of Syracuse; and Sis- 
ter Neva Bourdon, music director, of Nappanee. Bro. Jarboe, as usual, 
labored earnestly. Some of us have been intimately acquainted with 
the Jarboes for years and have kept closely in touch with their good 
evangelistic and pastoral work. We were impressed in the working 
of this campaign that the years have not lessened his power in the 
pulpit or his effectiveness in personal work out of it, but rather that 
he has improved with use. We were impressed anew with his sin- 
cerity, devotion and passion for souls. A splendid group, seventeen 
in number, were baptized, responding favorably to the claim of Christ. 
Sister Bourdon's leadership in music was much appreciated too. Our 
large congregation is blessed with considerable music talent, which 
showed up impressively, not only in the congregational singing and 
the special numbers rendered, but also in the night-to-night releases 
from the choir she assembled and directed. It is hoped to have her 
back for special leadership of music in the church at Easter. This 
revival has enriched and invigorated our individual lives, our homes 
and our church. As we carry on now, we earnestly desire that it 
shall be a decided forward movement in the kingdom work at Mex- 
ico. The undersigned has been appointed by the church as corre- 
spondent to the Messenger. — Mrs. Ralph G. Rarick, Mexico, Ind., 
Dec. 18. 

Pipe Creek. — Bro. Otho Winger of North Manchester was with us 
Nov. 22 and gave us two inspiring addresses. This was our annual 
Thanksgiving and harvest meeting and included a basket dinner and 
the fine fellowship that goes with it. A generous offering was given 
for home missions. The church furnished the dinner for the Mexico 
Welfare Home at Thanksgiving. The council meeting was held 
Dec. 11 and all church offices were filled. Bro. T. A. Shively was re- 
elected elder; Harry Lowe, trustee; Arvilla Wissinger, Messenger 
agent. The men of the church spent a day in cutting wood for the 
church. The ladies met the same day and spent the time preparing 
the dinner and tying comforters. The Aid Society met at the home 
of Mrs. T. A. Shively Dec. 17. They were happy to have several mem- 
bers of the district board present at this meeting. A box was packed 
to be sent to the Hastings Street Mission. This contained six com- 
forters, many dresses and other articles made by the Aid, and some 
used clothing. Also gifts were given by each member of the Aid to 
be distributed by those in charge of the Mission. Two comforters 
were given to the Mexico Welfare Home and two were given to fam- 
ilies in the community. A playlet entitled "On Christmas Day in the 
Morning" was given by the primary department on Sunday, Dec. 20. 
A splendid offering was given for the General Mission Board. Also 
white gifts were given to be distributed by the young people's class. — 
Martha Hessong, Peru, Ind., Dec. 22. 

Upper Deer Creek church met in council Dec. 5. Church officers 
were elected with Bro. Frank Burrous, clerk; Bro. Bruce Walker, 
treasurer; the writer, correspondent and Messenger agent. Plans 
were made to send the Messenger to members and nonmembers who 
can not pay for subscriptions. We expect to have Bro. Leland Bru- 
baker here during the week following Feb. 21 to give his illustrated 
lectures on our foreign missions. During October Bro. Dewey Rowe 
spent two weeks with us in a revival meeting. Three of our Sunday- 
school pupils came into the church. — Mrs. Geo. R. Murphy, Walton, 
Ind., Dec. 21. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1937 



Salem. — We held our election for Sunday-school officers Sept. 27. 
The writer was re-elected superintendent with Mrs. Minnie Wray, as- 
sistant. Officers for the Ladies' Aid were chosen Oct. 28, with Mrs. 
Cecile West, president. The Aid with the help of other members of 
the church paid for the redecoration of the church house which we had 
done the latter part of October. A food sale, to help raise the money, 
was held by the Aid Nov. 21 at Lenox, Iowa, with a profit of $10. On 
Dec. 9 we had our Christmas gift exchange at the home of Mrs. Flor- 
ence Walter. Every one brought clothing and toys to be sent to the 
Visiting Nurse Association in Council Bluffs. On Dec. 15 we had an 
all-day meeting with the men invited for the purpose of cutting wood 
for the church this winter. — Hazel West, Prescott, Iowa, Dec. 22. 

Waterloo. — Sept. 13 was rally day, also communion Sunday, and the 
27th was promotion and consecration day. The B. Y. P. D. has organ- 
ized with Mrs. Kough as adult adviser. The junior Christian Workers 
with Marguerite Blough as teacher are studying The Beginnings of 
the Church of the Brethren. Thanksgiving festival Sunday was a spir- 
itual as well as temporal feast. Bro. Frantz of Elgin gave us two 
helpful sermons. The gifts of fruits and vegetables brought to the 
church were taken to the Old Folks' Home at Marshalltown. This fall 
the different organizations of the Women's Work sponsored the lunch 
booth at the national dairy show; they also had a turkey supper and a 
rummage sale, part of the proceeds being added to the fund to be 
used for remodeling the church basement. The Bible study group gave 
the November program on a Sunday evening. It is inspirational to 
learn what the women of the past have accomplished by their efforts 
to make this world a better place in which to live. The Waterloo 
church was well remembered in the will of Sister Anne Elizabeth 
Knepper who passed away Nov. 6. Dec. 13 we enjoyed the presence 
of the representatives of McPherson College — Brethren Yoder, Davis, 
Schwalm and Williamson. At the morning service Bro. Yoder gave 
US a very fine message and at 5 o'clock Brethren Schwalm and Davis 
presented the needs, also the pictures of the college. — Mrs. O. W. 
Hamer, Waterloo, Iowa, Dec. 21. 


Garden City church held their fall love feast Nov. 29 with a good 
representation of members present. Services are holding up in num- 
ber. Several families have moved away and we miss them. The 
women are busy with their work; we are sponsoring the work of 
finishing the basement which we need for class room. — Mrs. D. A. 
Sheaks, Garden City, Kans., Dec. 21. 

Lamed Rural church met in a quarterly business meeting Dec. 11 
and elected church officers and^transacted other business for the com- 

ing year. Elder is E. S. Fox; clerk, Mrs. Lydia Horning; treasurer, 
Will Cline; financial secretary, Mrs. Nellie Snowberger. During the 
past year two deacons and their families. Brother and Sister D. H. 
Geiman and Brother and Sister R. F. Fox have moved away, so at 
this time it was decided to elect another deacon. Two were chosen, 
Will Cline and Henry Fox. The pastor and family, Brother and Sister 
Edgar Stauffer and daughters have been living in the parsonage which 
has been located on the church ground since spring. — Mrs. Ruth H. 
Brown, Larned, Kans., Dec. 22. 

Navarre church Dec. 2 to 20 enjoyed a blessed revival under the 
leadership of Brother and Sister Oliver H. Austin. This was the 
Austins' third campaign in this church and we were glad for their 
return. The weather was beautiful and the attendance was good, 
the members co-operating splendidly. Bro. Austin's spirit-filled ser- 
mons were practical, helpful, and inspiring; one could not listen with- 
out being called to better Christian living. Sister Austin, in a very 
pleasing way, led the congregational singing and directed the worship 
program. She organized a splendid junior choir which delighted the 
audience with bits of song nearly every evening. By her wonderful art 
of story telling she implanted truths in our hearts that will never 
be forgotten. The Austins with our pastor, Bro. Kinzie, made many 
calls and helpful contacts in the community. As a direct result of 
our united efforts, there were twelve confessions of whom eleven have 
so far been baptized. We feel that the church has been built up 
spiritually and all of us encouraged to greater service. — Mrs. Ivan 
Herr, Navarre, Kans., Dec. 21. 

Osage church began a three weeks' revival with a homecoming on 
Nov. 1. Bro. F. A. Myers of Canton, 111., was the evangelist. He 
always had a splendid message. He made a host of new friends in his 
stay with us, this being his first revival in our church. There were 
twelve decisions, ten among Sunday-school boys and girls. We held 
our communion the evening of Nov. 21. Bro. Raymond Peters of Inde- 
pendence gave our Thanksgiving address Nov. 25. We met in busi- 
ness session Dec. 12. Bro. D. P. Neher was re-elected elder; the 
writer, Messenger agent and church correspondent. We decided to see 
if we could raise funds for some much needed repair work and also 
to support a summer pastor. We are trying to put the Messenger into 
seventy-five per cent of the homes. — Lena Crumpacker, Monmouth, 
Kans., Dec. 21. 

West Wichita. — The women's and girls' organization held their 
monthly meeting Dec. 11, and the theme of Christmas was carried out. 
Gifts were exchanged, disclosing the identities of the "Sunshine 
Friends" for the past year, and names were drawn for new ones for 
1937. The young people had a party and supper Dec. 10, at which there 
was a very good attendance. Mr. Wade's adult Sunday-school class 
also held a party that night. The regular quarterly business meet- 



In the yester years — in the days of my youth, 
Visitors occasionally would come to our home. 

And talk by the hour — sometimes by the day. 
Of the past, the present, and the times to come. 

Just so, like those friends each week, there came 
Another dear friend in a different form, 

Whose messages grew dearer with each added 
And still grows so despite the critic's storm. 

The Gospel Messenger is the name of this friend, 
Whose weekly visit through each passing year 

Grows even more welcome as time passes on, 
As it brings the news from far and near. 

Like a loved one we expected, who failed to ap- 
We would wonder, should the Messenger fail 
to come; 
For such disappointment is keenly felt, 

Since the Messenger fills such a need in our 

Wheaion, III. 


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ing was Dec. 4. The treasurer's report was very favorable. The rally 
day and harvest meeting was Oct. 4. At the October council meeting 
and election of Sunday-school and church officers. Marie Hoag was 
re-elected Sunday-school superintendent, and Mrs. Harry Clark, junior 
superintendent. Beginning Oct. 25, and ending Nov. 22, this church 
co-operated with other West Wichita churches in presenting the Roses, 
evangelists, in a very successful meeting. A tabernacle was built 
and filled to capacity almost every night. One feature was a very 
large choir. This church furnished its quota of voices. Prayer meet- 
ings were held in various homes every day. The young people co- 
operated in a "bean banquet'' held at the Trinity Methodist church 
the evening of Nov. 8. This church was well represented, and fur- 
nished one of the speakers. As part of the national father and son 
movement, a banquet was held in the various churches Nov. 9. Speak- 
er at our own church was Professor Crow of Friends University. Bap- 
tism was held Nov. 25, following the evangelistic meetings. Several 
members attended the district conference at Darlow, Kans., Oct. 19. 
One Sunday night a month is devoted to Temperance, Missions, and 
Peace in rotation. Each of these subjects is in charge of one per- 
son. An honor student from Japan, Mr. Sato of Friends University, 
will give a series of three talks, beginning the second Sunday in Jan- 
uary, with one each month. Bro. Riddlebarger will hold a meeting in 
the Maple Grove church at Norton. Kans., from Dec. 20 to Jan. 3. The 
junior league presented the church with new windows recently. The 
church choir will soon be wearing new robes, which are being made 
by the Ladies' Aid. — Dorothy Stephens, Wichita, Kans., Dec. 17. 


Frederick. — Sept. 27 we elected our Sunday-school officers for the 
coming year. Harry B. Grove was elected superintendent, with Wal- 
ter R. Thomas, assistant. The Women's Work organization has re- 
elected Mrs. Roy Leatherman as their president. They also elected 
the directors of the various branches of this work. Our men have 
organized for an every-member visitation. This plan has proven very 
beneficial to our Men's Work organization as well as to the church. 
Oct. 18 we held our communion service. Our elder, Bro. M. R. Wolfe, 
officiated, assisted by our pastor. This was the first communion serv- 
ice held in our church since our improvements and rededication. Our 
remodeled church and new organ have been in use long enough to have 
earned the approval of everyone. Our equipment is now much more 
adequate; it has also promoted a reverent and worshipful atmosphere 
and has played a part in a general increase of church interest and at- 
tendance. Evening service of Oct. 25 was a temperance program, 
sponsored by the Women's Work under the direction of Mrs. John 
Zimmerman, temperance director. A playlet was given — The Quest 
and the Cup — followed by a talk by Mrs. Thomas Anderson, county 
president of W. C. T. U. Our pastor, Bro. R. L. Sherfy, is conducting 
a leadership training class again this year. A sacred cantata, The 
Carpenter of Nazareth, was given on Nov. 1 under the direction of 
Donald Leatherman. Nov. 5 our fathers and sons' fellowship supper 
was held. Prof. L. H. Brumbaugh of Western Maryland Colfege, West- 
mister, Md., was the speaker and chose as his subject. The Great 
Game of Life. On Nov. 8 Eld. J. H. Hollinger of Washington, D. C, 
preached for us and officiated, together with Bro. M. R. Wolfe, our 
elder, in the ordination service for our pastor and wife, Brother and 
Sister Robert Sherfy. In the evening a peace program was given, 
sponsored by the Women's Work, Mrs. Walter Feaga, director. A 
splendid talk was given on the promotion of peace by Mrs. Miriam 
Beard of Westminster, Md. We are very much pleased with the con- 
tributions made through the peace banks which were turned in on 
this date. The B. Y. P. D. joined the Interracial World Friendship 
meeting held in our church on Nov. 15. Dr. Olive Reddick of Hood 
College and Prof. West of Howard University were the speakers. Fol- 
lowing the church service two new members were taken into the 
church by baptism. Our annual Thanksgiving service was held in our 
church on Nov. 24. Rev. Ralph Sharpe of the Southern Methodist 
church preaching the sermon. On Dec. 2 about thirty-five church and 
Sunday-school officers and workers met in an exceptionally fine con- 
ference. Reports were given from various organizations. Plans were 
suggested and discussed for the development of a fuller Christian 
service program. The evening service of Dec. 13 was in charge of the 
Women's Work. A missionary program was given under the direc- 
tion of Miss Florence Garner, director. Special music was given by 
a ladies' quartet of Westminster, Md. An address was given by Mrs. 
Edgar Royer. Our special Christmas service observance included an 
impressive candle and carol service on the evening of Dec. 20 in 
which old and new carols were interwoven with the Christmas story, 
and climaxed with a playlet and white gift service. Our Sunday- 
school program was given Christmas night.— Mrs. John W. Wolfe, 
Frederick, Md., Dec. 26. 


ElmdaJe church held a very successful Vacation Bible School from 
June 1-14 with an enrollment of eighty-four. Sister Scholten con- 
ducted the school, assisted by eight loyal teachers. The school con- 
cluded with a well-rendered program. The children's offering of $8 
was given to the junior league project. The Ladies' Aid has been 
doing some splendid work, under the efficient leadership of Sister 
Scholten. They gave $20 toward the national women's project. In 
the spring they donated new rubber matting for the church aisles, as 
well as nearly all the cost of enlarging the rostrum; they also gave 
several days' work to various families in the community. They had 
a fair representation at the state women's project meeting. June 14 
our children's director, Sister Scholten, arranged for a special service 
at which time six babies were consecrated. Our Cradle Roll has been 

increased by five. Sister Scholten also gives talks each Sunday in the 
regular service. The men have reorganized and a winter program 
has been planned. They had a good representation at the men's project 
meeting at Woodland. On Dec. 8 they held their annual father and 
son fellowship supper. Bro. Harold Chambers of Grand Rapids was 
their speaker. A B. Y. P. D. was organized Oct. 1; the meetings are 
being well attended and are under the able leadership of Brother and 
Sister Russell Hartzler. They had a fine representation at the state 
B. Y. P. D. at Woodland. Dec. 12-14 we were pleased to have with us 
Sister J. E. Wagoner who gave us some very interesting talks on the 
work in India. On the evenings of the 12th and 14th she also showed 
slides. We very much appreciated her coming. Also on Dec. 12 we 
held our quarterly members' meeting. Our elder, Bro. Roy McRoberts, 
was with us at this time. After Mrs. Wagoner's address on Sunday 
evening we had a very fitting service at which time she told a story 
especially for the children. In the spring the children were given 
quarters to invest in some form or other, the proceeds to go for junior 
mission work. On this Sunday the proceeds were brought to the 
church and they amounted to $38.75. Truly we can say that even 
the children are interested in mission work.— Mrs. Carl Miller, Clarks- 
ville, Mich., Dec. 19. 


Omaha church met in business meeting recently. The work is mov- 
ing along and progressing well under the efficient leadership of our 
new pastor, Bro. Ralph Hatton, and wife. Although they have been 
here only three months, they have made over 500 calls. They are well 
liked in the district of Nebraska also. Our members received much 
good from the National Preaching Mission held in our city. Bro- 
Kurtz was highly spoken of in the work; we were fortunate in having 
him in a service at our church at that time. We plan to have a two 
weeks' meeting at Easter time, to be held by the pastor. — Mrs. A. J. 
Fry, Omaha, Nebr., Dec. 21. 


Marble Furnace church met in council Dec. 17. The church officers 
for the coming year were elected: trustees — Chester Storer, Spencer 
Storer; Messenger agent, Howard Storer; correspondent, Lucy Ram- 
sey; clerk, Burneda Storer; treasurer, Paul Swinger. Our two weeks' 
evangelistic services closed Sunday night, Dec. 13. Bro. Esseck from 
Circleville, Ohio, is a powerful speaker. Thirteen gave their lives to 
Jesus, the number including three mothers; the other ten are young 
follrs, all except one being brought up in our Sunday school. Paul 
Swinger is our Sunday-school superintendent and though a young man 
is efficient. — Mrs. Lucy Ramsey, Peebles, Ohio, Dec. 21. 

New Carlisle church enjoyed an old-fashioned communion service 
Nov. 28. Brother and Sister Homer Bright were with us; the former 
gave the morning address and in the afternoon Sister Bright talked 
to us about their work in China; both talks were much appreciated. 
At 7 P. M. we had the communion service with Bro. Bright officiating. 
We were glad to have Bro. D. D. Funderburg and family with us at 
these services and on Sunday morning he gave us a wonderful sermon 
which was the beginning of our evangelistic meetings. Bro. Helman, 
our pastor, preached on Sunday evening and then on Monday evening 
Bro. Perry Prather was with us. 'He preached inspiring sermons each 
evening for two weeks. Twelve of our Sunday-school scholars made 
public confession and were baptized following the close of the meet- 
ings. Our Sunday-school attendance has been gaining some and there 
seems to be an increased interest in general. — Glenna D. Funderburg, 
New Carlisle, Ohio, Dec. 20. 

North Bend church observed its first holy week service April 5-12. 
During the week two young Sunday-school girls dedicated their lives- 
to Christ and were baptized Easter Sunday. On May 10 Mother's Day 
services were enjoyed. At the close of the meeting the young peo- 
ple's class presented the mothers with suitable booklets. At the morn- 
ing service on June 10 a dedication service for babies was held. In the 
evening the children presented a Children's Day pageant. A large 
offering was received which went for the junior mission project. June 21 
Missionary Chalmer Shull, brother of Mrs. Zunkel, was our guest 
speaker. In July our pastor spent a week teaching at Camp Wahilo. 
Two of our young ladies attended camp; others went for a few days. 
July 26 Bro. Royal Glick brought us a message in the interest of Peace. 
Aug. 2 the morning service was planned especially in honor of the 
elderly people of the congregation. Baskets of flowers were given to 
those over seventy years of age. Special recognition was given to Bro. 
Columbus Workman who had just passed his eightieth birthday and 
had long served the church as minister. During July and August 
the young people enjoyed Sunday vesper services out of doors. In 
September business meeting, regular election of church officers was 
held. Bro. Zunkel was re-elected elder. On the Sunday previous we 
elected Sunday-school officers. Herschel Richert was re-elected super- 
intendent and Kenneth Ross, assistant. In October we held our love 
feast. Bro. Glenn McFadden officiated. Lately our church has lost 
three of its faithful members: Neva Sapp, Sarah Beeman, Elisha Work- 
man. This loss will be keenly felt. In November our Women's Work 
group held a rally meeting at the church. An interesting program was 
rendered. Mrs. Newman of Ashland was guest speaker. Eight new 
members were added to the group and a splendid spirit is manifested. 
During the summer the Women's Work group papered the Sunday- 
school rooms and placed new linoleum on the floors. Nov. 20 the men 
and boys of the church enjoyed a fellowship program and supper. At 
the close of the program a Men's Work group was permanently or- 
ganized. We feel that our church has progressed in the past_ year and 
we are looking forward to a greater year ahead.— Mrs. Vivian Shaw, 
Danville, Ohio, Dec. 19. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1937 


Union City (Ohio) church met in council Dec. 18. Bro. Berkebile 
gave the following pastoral report for the quarter: "We made approxi- 
mately 210 calls in our territory; preached 38 times, had 3 funerals, 3 
anointings, 3 weddings and had the joy of seeing 11 unite with the 
church, 10 by baptism and one by the hand of fellowship." The wel- 
fare committee is planning for the distribution of Christmas baskets 
among the poor. The primary department gave the devotional exer- 
cises before the adults on Dec. 20, followed by a white gift offering. 
In the evening the young people and intermediates gave the play, 
Ourselves and Others. The Aid Society was entertained Dec. 22 at a 
Christmas party by the president, Sister Ruby Weimer. New officers 
were elected. We had a very helpful and inspirational revival meet- 
ing the last of October, followed by the love feast. The meeting was 
conducted by our pastor. — Kula Washier, Union City, Ind., Dec. 21. 


Dunnings Creek church met in council Dec. 10. It was decided to 
hold the election of officers at the March council. In September Bro. 
Galen Blough of Rummel conducted a revival meeting at the Hol- 
singer church; he preached strong gospel sermons and as a direct 
result of the meeting six were added to the" church by baptism. The 
women of our congregation pieced and quilted three quilts for Mrs. 
Madolyn Taylor, wife of one of our ministers, as a small token of 
appreciation for the splendid work she has been doing. The New 
Paris church installed a new furnace this winter. — Mrs. Ross Calli- 
han, Alum Bank, Pa., Dec. 22. 

Green Tree. — The quarterly council meeting was held Dec. 2 when offi- 
cers for the new year were elected. The undersigned was chosen cor- 
respondent. The reports for the last year showed all bills paid. We 
lost nine members by death during the year. Five were received by 
baptism, not yet reported. Bro. John Grimley was licensed to the 
ministry July 28. Our annual homecoming Sept. 13 was well at- 
tended.— Edith Replogle, Oaks, Pa., Dec. 21. 

Mingo church enjoyed the services of Bro. Clayton Gehman in revival 
meetings, at the Skippack house, beginning Sept. 27 and continuing 
to Oct. 11. The interest and attendance were good and we feel the 
church was built up and strengthened by his spirit-filled sermons. 
As a direct result eighteen were added to the church by baptism. Our 
love feast was held Oct. 10 with Bro. Gehman officiating. We met in 
regular council Dec. 12 with Eld. J. N. Cassel presiding. Messenger 
agents were appointed and we are trying to get the Messenger into 
seventy-five per cent of our homes; this was accomplished last year 
and we expect to reach the same goal this year. We have been hold- 
ing Sunday-school and church services in the Rahns union chapel 
since they started to remodel the Skippack house. The building com- 
mittee reported the work has been progressing nicely. — Carrie K. Hoff- 
man, Collegeville, Pa., Dec. 16. 

Pine Glen church recently had a two weeks' meeting with Bro. C. L. 
Cox of Claysburg, evangelist. We had good attendance and interest. 
Bro. Cox delivered wonderful gospel messages and each evening he 
had a class of about thirty children, teaching them scripture verses and 
songs. It was wonderful how interested the children were in the serv- 
ices. Nine were received into the church by baptism. — W. H. Ander- 
son, Mattawana, Pa., Dec. 19. 

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ospel Messenger 

Vol. 86 

Elgin, 111., January 16, 1937 

No. 3 


jse hands have lifted heavy load! 
cleared the fields and split the 
They smoothed the handles of rude tools 
Building the kingdom of our God. 


(See Also an Article on Page 14) 


Editorial — 

Daily Devotions (C. N. E.) 2 

"One in a Thousand" (H. A. B.) 3 

The Man That's Different (E. F.) 3 

Pure Co-operatives Nearer Home (H. A. B.) 3 

Can the Church College Live? (E. F.) 4 

Kingdom Gleanings 16, 17 

The General Forum — 

Christian's Prayer (Verse). By Philip B. Davis 5 

Maintaining Personal Power for These Days. By Mark 

Schrock 5 

Speculative Theology and Practical Religion. By W. I. T. 

Hoover • 6 

Studying the Ideals of Jesus. By J. E. Miller 7 

A New Task for the Church. — No. 1. By Floyd M. Irwin.. 8 

Divine Healing. By Daisy E. Smith 9 

Foreclosed. By McKinley Coffman 10 

Evangelism. By Oliver H. Austin 10 

How Do You Treat Your Pastor? 

Tobacco and Clean Living. By Rufus B. King 
Witnesses. By Chester E. Shuler 

Home and Family — 

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus (Verse). By Luciel Rairigh 13 

When Bob Gave God a Chance.— No. 9. By Eleanor R. 

Freese '3 

The Hands of Christ. By Merlin C. Shull 14 

Our Mission Work— 

What to Pray For. By Mary D. Blickenstaff IS 

The Show Yang Revival. By V. Grace Clapper 18 

A Miracle in China. By Alva Harsh 20 

Our Missionary Calendar. By Icel Kcim 20 

The Church at Work- 
More Life Sketches of Pioneer Missionaries; Missions and 
Youth; Program Units; The Nursery Department of the 
Church School; Financial Report Special Peace Fund 21-23 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1937 



"For he was a faithful man and feared God 
above many" 

Read N eh e mi ah 7: 1-4 

There is one quality of the Lord's 
people which the Word mentions per- 
haps more than any other, and it is a 
quality within the possibility of every- 
one. Faithfulness is not dependent up- 
on special abilities nor is it limited to 
ten talent men but all stewards are ex- 
pected to be faithful (1 Cor. 4: 2). 
This does not seem like a great task, 
simply to perform the obligations laid 
upon us, to meet every opportunity 
which presents itself to us, but when 
seriously considered we realize how far 
short we come of real faithfulness. 
Would I be called a faithful member 
of the local church? Can the Lord de- 
pend on us to be loyal in the affairs of 
this day, whether in the home or mar- 
ket place? 

O Lord, may rve some day hear thy 
well-done because rve have been faith- 
ful. Amen. 


"And I found the book of the genealogy" 
Read Nehemiah 7: 5-10 or -65 


When Nehemiah found the book of 
genealogy he knew the exact relation- 
ship of each of the people of Israel 
and he knew their heritage. How im- 
portant it is to know a person's family 
history! The Dunker people have al- 
ways had a deep family feeling and 
upon meeting a new person used to be 
very anxious to establish his exact fam- 
ily connections. 

We should be deeply thankful for 
Christian parents and ancestors but 
their faith can never be substituted for 
ours. The finest genealogy in the 
world is no assurance of Christian faith 
and character, it is simply an endow- 
ment to be used, a high privilege for 
which an account must be given. 

O Father, rve thank thee for our 
heritage and pray that we may live up 
to its possibilities. Amen. 

Singing Christians 

"They had two hundred forty and five sing- 
ing men and women" 

Read Nehemiah 7: 66-73 

In reading this passage my eye was 
caught by the singing men and women, 


Israel's choir, and I wondered why they 
were singled out for special mention. 
Perhaps they were as sensitive as some 
choirs I have known. However, my 
thought on this passage does not con- 
cern choirs, but rather singing men 
and women. Every Christian should be 
a singing man or woman ! I do not 
mean that we all can be vocal artists 
but the joy of the Lord belongs to ev- 
eryone. Our hearts should be over- 
flowing with thanksgiving and joy. Our 
voices should rise in song of praise for 
his great love. 

Our Lord, rve praise thee for thy 
love and pray that rve may Voice our 
praise in song. Amen. 

Bring the Book 

"They spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring 
the book of the law of Moses" 

Read Nehemiah 8: 1-8 

The cry of the people was for the 
Book! For many years they had been 
in the homeland, building houses and 
city walls, but now they want the 
Book. Oh, how we wish that the peo- 
ple of our land would call fpr the 
Book, the only book which can give 
knowledge of salvation and eternity ! 
We only learn those things to which 
we give attention, and perhaps we 
know so little about the Book because 
we have not been attentive when it 
was read. But there is also another 
point : Ezra provided interpreters who 
gave "the sense so that they under- 
stood the reading." The Word needs 
interpreters. It must not be forced 
upon anyone, but must be accepted by 
a voluntary faith. Give us all a greater 
love for the Book ! 


Hebrew Genealogies 

Compare Neh. 7 and Ezra 2. 

Compare Matt. 1 and Luke 3 — the 
genealogy of Jesus Christ. 

Facts to remember about Hebrew 
genealogies : 

Symmetry is often preferred to a 
mere recital of unbroken descent from 
father to son. 

Links are sometimes omitted and the 
words "bear," " beget " and "father" 
are used with breadth of meaning, such 
as a man begetting his grandson. 

Hebrew names have definite and sig- 
nificant meanings. 

O God, bring our nation back to 
the Book. Amen. 


"Send portions unto him for whom nothing 
is prepared" 

Read Nehemiah 8: 9-12 

Here at the time of a great feast 
sharing came natural to Israel. It was 
a real part of their devotion, as impor- 
tant as, any other. And this is as it 
should be for all of us. It is a blot 
upon the church that during the time 
of economic stress through which we 
have passed the church permitted the 
government to provide for the poor of 
the church. To share with the less 
fortunate is our high privilege and our 
Christian duty. This our forefathers 
believed and practiced. As members of 
the body of Christ we should share not 
only our financial resources but our 
time and physical energy as well. It is 
so easy to give money when the real 
need may be for an hour of our time 
or sympathy and understanding. 

Father, help us to remember him 
rvho came not to be ministered unto but 
to minister and to give his life a ran- 
som for us. Amen. 


"They found written in the law ... so the 
people went forth" 

Read Nehemiah 8: 13-18 

They made a great discovery in the 
law and then immediately proceeded to 
build the booths and celebrate the feast 
of tabernacles as they had not done 
since before the captivity. No one 
could even remember what it had for- 
merly been but now doing as they read 
" there was very great gladness." 

Obedience to God and his law does 
bring gladness. It is a caricature to 
represent the Christian life without joy 
or good fun. The life that is obedient 
to the Lord is stable, poised and filled 
with gladness. For most of us it is not 
that we need discover the law of God, 
but rather that we acquire that single- 
ness of purpose which will bring obedi- 
ence. There is too long a space often 
between our discovery of the Lord's 
will and the time when we go forth. 

Our Lord, give us spirits that trust 
thee and are quick to obey thy Will. 




H. A. BRANDT— Assiilanl Editor 

Vol. 86 

Elgin, 111., January 16, 1937 

No. 3 


"One in a Thousand" 

" The ratio of resistance in the early years was about 
one in a thousand." Such was the situation at the be- 
ginning of a project designed to develop a strain of 
wilt resisting asters. But from that " one in a thou- 
sand " has been developed in a period of ten years a 
total of 112 members of a wilt resistant type of aster. 

As many readers doubtless know, what has just 
been done with asters, has been done with a number 
of vegetables. That is, the most effective way to meet 
certain virulent diseases is by planting acres and acres 
to the desired variety to find the " one in a thousand " 
that is resistant. Thus even nature teaches the doc- 
trine of the remnant. 

In a time when some form of overwhelming blight 
falls upon the human race it is well to remember that a 
remnant can be saved. That was the sustaining hope 
in the days of the prophets. It has been and will be 
the chief reliance in the dark days since the prophets, 
or yet to come. 

Do not despise the man of conviction who stands as 
" one in a thousand." He is the hope of the days to 
come. You may not be able to preach like Peter or 
Paul, but in the quietness of your own home and com- 
munity you can still try to be " one in a thousand." 

H. A. B. 

The Man That's Different 

Why don't you try harder to understand the per- 
son that's different ? You are not bound to agree with 
him, not unless he convinces you that he is right, but 
you are bound to understand him if you can. Why is 
he that way? Why does he think as he does and act 
as he does? When you have found the answer to that 
question you will be on the way to further interesting 

You will almost surely be able to get along with him 
more satisfactorily, quite an advantage since you must 
live in the same world with him anyway. You may 

even learn what kind of a person you would have been 
if you had been in his place. This also is a great ad- 
vantage. It makes for peace and charity. Consider 
whether his heritage and environment might not have 
done for you just what they did for him. And con- 
sider too how little blame or credit attaches to either 
of you for these things. 

There is this further possibility. You might even 
learn from him something useful in your own pursuit 
of truth. You see nobody is omniscient or infallible 
in all his judgments and new light comes sometimes 
from the most unlikely sources. 

On many accounts it is a good thing to understand 
the other person. e. f. 

Pure Co-operatives Nearer Home 

One hears much about co-operatives today, and some 
may even wonder what all the excitement is about. In 
1844 twenty-eight weavers of Rochdale, England, de- 
cided to pool their slender resources in order to obtain 
the necessities of life as cheaply as possible. The Roch- 
dale group is usually cited as the pioneer in the modern 
co-operative movement. The organization has proved 
a tremendous success both for those concerned and for 
the impetus it has given the co-operative idea in Eng- 
land and the world. 

However, one does not have to go to Europe to find 
real co-operatives. For some centuries we have had 
similar organizations much nearer home. We submit 
that a church group as the average Messenger reader 
knows it is after all a co-operative of the purest type. 
Let us compare the Rochdale pioneers and a church 
group point by point. 

The Rochdale weavers were conscious of their dire 
common economic need. A church is composed of a 
company of those aware of specific needs, chiefly in the 
moral and spiritual areas. 

One of the chief glories of the Rochdale system is the 
spirit of democracy in management. But the church 

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boasts perhaps an even greater democracy, for in our 
church all members can vote whether or not they are 
able to contribute financially to the enterprise. 

The Rochdale pioneers banded together to help each 
other face common needs and realize certain desired 
economic gains. A church organizes to realize certain 
social, moral and spiritual values through association, 
discussion, study and worship. In both cases there is 
an investment of capital in the facilities needed to attain 
the desired ends. 

The English weavers sought certain monetary sav- 
ings. The church member does not expect money back, 
but he does hope for dividends in the appreciation and 
realization of important life values. And what he may 
get back is not a mere percentage, as in the case of the 
Rochdale co-operator, for the church member shares 
freely in all results in proportion as he is able to com- 
prehend and appropriate the good things made available 
through the ministry of his church. 

And this is why we say one does not need to go 
abroad to study co-operation, nor far from home to 
share in building a co-operative of the purest type. If 
we succeed pretty well with the church co-operative we 
shall both reduce the need for such organizations in 
other fields, and make those that are required more ef- 
fective. H. A. B. 

Can the Church College Live? 

College Dinner Address, Hershey Conference, Second Installment 

II. The church college must define great realities in 
terms of their function. 

Boys like to take their toy engines apart to see how 
they are made and what makes them go. Sometimes 
they find out but the engines seldom run any better 
afterward. Chemists spend their lives reducing things 
to their constituent elements but water quenches thirst 
alike for those who do and those who do not know 
its formula. Chloride of sodium is no better than salt 
for seasoning potatoes. And some preachers analyze 
their sermons to death. 

Let the inquiry into the inwardness of things go on. 
I would not disparage the search into the secrets of 
nature. I would give it all possible encouragement. 
Man's insatiable thirst for knowledge has brought us 
rich rewards and will no doubt do so in the future. 
But we must live meanwhile. We need to know what 
is most essential for this and what it is most important 
to do next. We'd better not stop finding new uses for 
electricity until we discover what it is. We might have 
to wait too long. 

Did you ever read Norton's Natural Philosophy? It 
was my high school text in physics. It was a large 
book about an inch and a half in thickness, had a green 
cover and abounded in definitions. It began with a 

section on definitions of the universal properties of 
matter. Take a sample or two. " Impenetrability is 
that property of matter by virtue of which two objects 
can not occupy the same space at the same time." 
" Inertia is that property of matter by virtue of which 
an object tends to retain its present state unless acted 
on by some external force." Now you know why it is 
so hard for boys to get up in the morning. They have 
inertia, and may require to be acted on by an external 

The point to be noted for our purpose is that these 
definitions make no attempt to tell what these proper- 
ties are in essence or constituent elements. That would 
be impossible. They merely tell how objects are af- 
fected by them, a service far more illuminating and use- 
ful than analysis could be. Would that educators in 
general and teachers of religion in particular were al- 
ways as wise. How can one define such great realities 
as truth, life, love? Only in terms of some quality 
they possess or service they render. Certainly not by 
disintegrating them. And of nothing is this more 
strikingly true than of the great Christian doctrines 
which we hold most precious. 

What, for instance, is regeneration? Well, it is that 
action of the Spirit of God upon the spirit of man by 
virtue of which a new quality of life is begotten in him. 
But who can tell exactly what that action is or how it 
takes place? Nicodemus could not and Jesus did not 
try to explain that to him. It can be known only by its 
effects. To this fact Paul bears eloquent testimony in 
his oft-cited cluster of Spirit fruit. 

What is inspiration, as applied to the writers of 
Holy Scripture? It is that inbreathing of God into 
them by virtue of which what they wrote is profitable 
for teaching, reproof, correction, instruction in right- 
eousness, that the man of God may be furnished com- 
pletely unto every good work. That is a Biblical def- 
inition but it does not tell what the process was. There 
are a good many interesting questions left unanswered 
by it, questions which some modern teachers, more pre- 
sumptuous than Paul, have insisted on answering, to 
the great confusion, and sometimes division of the 

What is incarnation, referring, of course, to the 
Christian doctrine of that name? It is, or was, that 
embodiment of God in the man Christ Jesus by virtue 
of which he became the very image of God's substance, 
so that by seeing him one could see God. Here again 
is a definition which, though it leaves the great mystery 
unsolved, as any honest definition must, is true to 
Scripture teaching and tells all we need to know. 

The church college must make it clear that the most 
fundamental verities of life can be adequately defined 
only in terms of their service to mankind. E. F. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1937 


Christian's Prayer 


Before thee, Lord, may all men bow as King, 
And as they humbly on their faces fall, 
To thee as gifts their spirits gladly bring, 
To live for thee, to show thy love for all. 

O God, help me, that men might see the way 
To life as love expressed in service free; 
To bear my cross with patience every day, 
To give myself in deepest love for thee. 

Thy kingdom's power lies not in earthly might, 

But in the pierced hands and suff ring clay 

Of those who battered press yet on toward light. 

Oh, give me strength to struggle on my way, 

To count not sorrow, pain, nor death as loss; 

When all is gain — a crown for but a cross! 

McPherson, Kans. 

Maintaining Personal Power for These Days 


"As thy days, so shall thy strength be" (Deut. 33:25) 
These days have been considered everything from 
the golden days predicted by the prophets ; to the ver- 
itable beginnings of a hell on earth. 

The difference partly lies in the equipment of the 
critic. If weak and ineffective, life today quickly be- 
comes too much for one; but if one is buoyed up and. 
driven forward by an irresistable personal power he 
lives as more than a conqueror. 

Deut. 33 : 25 was given for folks in such days as 
these. But what kind of days was it given for ? They 
were days when the immediate future was uncertain, 
forboding and apparently hazardous. 

1. The very giants that had kept the former genera- 
tion cringing into their desert camps with fear, were 
still inhabiting the land that lay just ahead. Today we 
stand on the verge of a new day, with prospects of the 
promised land just ahead; but the same giants that 
kept our fathers out, still live and must be faced. They 
may be considered as the giants of nationalism, eco- 
nomic greed, individualism, race prejudice, denomina- 
tionalism, militarism, etc. These giants are no weaker 
now than when our parents decided to withdraw into 
" The Church in the Wilderness " apart from the 
world, rather than heroically face the wrongs and ac- 
cept the persecution and death that those giants can ad- 
minister to whomsoever they find opposing them. 

2. The old seasoned men of God who have left a 
record for faith, loyalty and heroism have now all died 
or were too old for further leadership. It is always 
true that we do not have final proof of a man's worthy- 
ness to lead, until he has finished his work. Moses 
was not a lawgiver until after he had given the law. 

Joshua was not an experienced conqueror until the 
conquest of Canaan. Jesus gave the final proof of his 
leadership when folks saw how he died for the cause. 
Martin Luther was not a reformer until after he had 
done his work to revitalize the church. Alexander 
Mack was not a seasoned leader until his founding of 
the Church of the Brethren had given him that experi- 
ence. Wilbur Stover had not proven himself as a 
pioneer missionary until he had actually pioneered in 
mission work. Let us not demand too much of a rec- 
ord of leadership. Let us encourage our leaders to go 
ahead trusting that God can make them equal to the 
demands of the days. 

3. The people themselves were disorganized and de- 
moralized. A generation of cringing from fear of fac- 
ing the real problems that confront a person or a peo- 
ple, does not build courage nor self-confidence. A 
generation of waiting to take up a hard task, does not 
add strength to do the task. A generation of confusion 
because of the complexity of a situation, does not give 
the personal or group organization needed for effective 
work. To wait another generation will not help, it is 
a matter of going forward now. Courage, strength 
and organization will come when we face toward the 
giants and start marching. 

These thoughts tend to strengthen and steady us for 
the difficult future. 

1. The resources of God are matchless. Human 
giants may be too much for men — alone. But the 
hosts of evil have no chance eventually, because of the 
resources of God and goodness. A babe in the bull- 
rushes and God proved too much for entrenched 
Pharaoh. A courageous minority reporter with God 
was able to conquer the very giants who terrified the 
heartless majority. A carpenter and his humble fol- 
lowers from Galilee, with God, were more than a 
match for the learned leaders of the established order. 
A lone priest who had discovered a vital faith in God 
could not be cowed by a pope and all the power he 
could muster. A humble and poor brother from Assisi 
walking close with God exerted more influence in his 
day than all invested wealth and pomp together. 

2. God has proven available to human needs through- 
out human history. Stephen facing hurling rocks, re- 
flected on his face the glory of God's presence. Amid 
shipwreck and panic Paul brought calm because he 
could assert with assurance: " For I believe in God." 
" And when they lead you to judgment and deliver you 
up be not anxious beforehand what ye shall speak ; but 
whatsoever is given you in that hour, that speak ye for 
it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Spirit " (Mark 13 : 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1937 

3. He has kept us personally intact, in spite of our 
lack of faith and loyalty. When I consider how faith- 
ful and helpful God has been to me personally, when I 
have given him so little opportunity to work with, and 
in, and for me, my faith in him increases. What will 
he not do for us, and with us when we put ourselves 
wholly into his hands ? Surely our strength may be 
equal to the demands of any day. 

4. The evil giants can wreck our bodies, and take 
our lives, but they have no instruments to harm a char- 
acter made strong by the Spirit of God. We must fear 
the weakening of our spirit rather than the physical 
suffering that may result if we follow our convictions. 
" And be not afraid of them that kill the body, but are 
not able to kill the soul ; but rather fear him who is 
able to destroy both soul and body in hell." 

5. The cross of suffering may still be the path to the 
victor's crown. If we face the giants, and though we 
lose our lives in opposing them, there will yet be the 
victory march as God leads man into the promised 
realm of brotherhood, truth and right. And they who 
march into the land will hallow the Golgothas on which 
we have proven the hypothesis : " As thy days, so shall 
thy strength be." 

Nampa, Idaho. 

Speculative Theology and Practical Religion 


The present is a time of religious confusion. There 
are perhaps more ridiculous and absurd religious be- 
liefs than in any previous period in the history of 
Christianity. Men have been stressing dogmatic the- 
ology and Biblical interpretation in the light of such 
theologies out of all proportion to what such deserve. 
This is the cause of denominationalism. At the pres- 
ent time there are factually over two hundred Chris- 
tian churches or denominations in the United States. 
Some of course are merely sects and parties but each 
dignifies itself by representing itself as a church, and 
some as the church. And with such emphasis usually 
goes much intolerance, and others who differ from them 
theologically are branded as heretics or higher critics 
or unsafe religious guides or by some other unsavory 
term. Such people fail to distinguish between religion 
and theology. Religion is more of a life that is 
wrapped up in the very nature of man. From the 
lowest savagery on up through barbarism and semi- 
civilization to the highest culture of the present, re- 
ligion has endured subjectively as attitude and dis- 
position toward some unseen power or person re- 
garded as determining man's destiny ; and objectively 
as concreted in religious beliefs and ceremonies. The- 
ologies are the theories man invents by which he ex- 
plains religion. Theologies arise and dominate the 

lives of thousands, even millions, and then disappear 
while religion lives on. 

Now, again, due to recent achievements in scientific 
discoveries and inventions ; the breadth and depth of 
human learning and culture; and the fact of political 
and religious freedom, Christian theology has divided 
itself into numerous theologies so that the present time 
is one of religious confusion in our thinking. Among 
certain groups and in certain sections parties and sects 
are multiplying while in others they are uniting. The 
latter is a very hopeful sign. For as no two persons 
have yet been found who look and think alike po- 
litically, economically or ethically, neither can two be 
found who think exactly alike religiously. 

One of the tragical results of this clash of religious 
beliefs, and theological beliefs, is the falling away 
from the churches and a failure of thousands to unite 
by profession with some Christian church. On the 
whole though, for the last one hundred and fifty years, 
or since the founding of the American Republic, the 
number who profess the Christian religion and unite 
with some church is greater than the increase in popu- 
lation. Statistics for the year 1935 show this increase. 

There are 1,000,000 or more of the choicest youth 
annually enrolled in our colleges and universities. 
Thousands of these come from as pious and godly 
homes as America has, but sad to relate, many hun- 
dreds of these when they come out of these institu- 
tions are religious sceptics of every grade. The writer 
feels this is a tragedy that can largely be remedied. 
This scepticism is partly if not largely due to the kind 
of instruction, as well as lack of instruction, of these 
youth. The colleges and universities are many in 
which but little if any help is given college youth to 
adjust themselves religiously while going through 
their course of higher learning. In the light of the 
learning and culture accumulated during the centuries 
these youth stand amazed and awed. Since they are 
taught to think for themselves and to evaluate and 
weigh everything that presents itself for their accep- 
tance, it is no wonder many flounder in their religious 
thinking since they are left unguided and are not 
helped to adjust themselves religiously. Much of the 
present-day religious thinking is in direct conflict with 
the demonstrated facts of science. Remember that 
theology is the theory man invents by which he ex- 
plains his religious experience. Also that theology 
must adjust itself to these demonstrated facts of sci- 
ence. A good example is Overseer Voliva of 
Zion City who believes that the earth is flat 
like a table. The public press reported Voliva 
to have expressed in a public address his grave 
fears that Admiral Byrd and his party while in the 
south polar regions would fall off the earth. Such 
a position only makes one a laughing stock in the eyes 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1937 

of well informed people. Yet he is calm and rests se- 
cure in his profound ignorance because he has proved 
his position from the poetic and figurative language of 
the Bible. 

When the writer came to La Verne College twenty- 
four years ago he presented this situation to the board 
of trustees. They voted unanimously that one of the 
policies of the college would be to help the youth who 
come within its walls to conserve their Christian faith 
which they brought with them, and to keep them from 
being unhooked from their religious foundation. A 
course of study was then outlined on the philosophy 
of the Christian religion which was primarily aimed 
to meet this need and it was unanimously sanctioned 
by the trustees. This policy has been literally carried 
out ever since, and no student is supposed to be grad- 
uated who does not take this three-hour course. The 
writer has had in this class: Christian Scientists, 
Roman Catholics, Protestants from many denomina- 
tions, and those making no profession of religion and 
not allied with any religious organization, and even 
one outspoken atheist. And we have never had any 
wrangling over our differences, though often a frank 
presentation of our several beliefs with the final out- 
come of some point of view that seems consistent with 
the ideal religion as exemplified in Christianity. The 
number of unsolicited testimonials from students on 
the value of the course, how it cleared up much con- 
fusion in their thinking, conserved and strengthened 
their Christian faith is evidence of the wisdom of this 
policy of the college, and comforting to the instructor 
that he is right in his purpose and endeavors. 

In all the colleges that were founded by or in the in- 
terests of some certain religious denomination some- 
thing akin to the above has been carried on, but it was 
largely limited to the Bible department or theological 
seminary. The writer's position is that if Christian 
education is the ideal, then such can best be conserved 
by making such a course of study required of all its 
candidates for graduation in college. 

So long as emphasis is laid on theology as it has 
been, Christian people will remain divided not only in 
their beliefs but in their organizations and work. The- 
ology, or its briefer form of statement known as a 
creed, can never be universalized. From this point of 
view and on this basis Christendom will remain di- 
vided as heretofore. But if we be Christian we should 
endeavor to answer Jesus' prayer as recorded in St. 
John Seventeen, " That they may be one, even as we 
are." The present state of Christendom is far from 
such oneness. So long as we emphasize our theo- 
logical beliefs as essential we can not have the mind 
of Christ, about which St. Paul exhorts in his letter 
to the church in pagan Corinth. Only good character 
can be universalized, especially as personalized in Je- 

sus the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One and 
Savior of mankind. 

Let us then shift the point of view and its emphasis 
from theological beliefs to Jesus of Nazareth; from 
some speculative Biblical interpretation to that im- 
perial Character as exemplified in the Man of Galilee. 
For if we do not, it is conceivable that we may all 
perish despite our theological beliefs; for "Devils al- 
also believe and tremble" (James 2: 19). Upon this 
the writer lays great stress in his college class instruc- 
tion and pulpit utterances. Not some theological be- 
liefs, not some demands, not some ceremonialism, nor 
all of these as valuable as each is, can be universalized, 
but only the Son of God who while on earth personal- 
ized in himself the right, the true, and the good. He 
was supremely interested in helping people to be good 
and not to become critical theologians or logicians. 

The writer urges everyone to take literally and to 
test by personal experience Jesus' own pronounce- 
ments when he says : " I am the Way, I am the 
Truth, I am the Door, I am the Living Water, I am 
the Living Bread, I am the Resurrection, I am the 
Life. " And this is life eternal, that they should know 
thee the only true God, and him whom thou didst send, 
even Jesus Christ" (John 17: 3). "I am the resur- 
rection and the life : he that believeth on me, though 
he die, yet shall he live ; and whosoever liveth and 
believeth on me shall never die" (John 11: 25, 26). 

La Verne, Calif. 

Studying the Ideals of Jesus 


Here comes a letter asking for some book or pam- 
phlet for a group that wishes to study the ideals of 
Jesus. What shall I recommend? There are books 
and books on some phase or other of this theme. Ot 
course, there is nothing better than the four Gospels 
written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. That is, 
nothing better for those who know how to dig out 
those ideals. But many of us are lame in that particu- 
lar. We prefer to have another do the digging, while 
we enjoy the fruits of his labors. What then shall I 
recommend ? 

Dr. D. W. Kurtz recently brought forth a timely 
book along this very line. The title is The Gospel of 
Jesus. The ten themes he discusses are : Truth, Love, 
Freedom, Peace, Grace, Suffering, Victory, Joy, Serv- 
ice, Life. And then for good measure to show how 
these ideals worked in the life of one man he adds an 
eleventh chapter, The Gospel According to Paul. 
Don't you think the subjects are well chosen? 

The book is admirably adapted for group or class 
study as well as for general reading. Under each 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1937 

chapter the author names several subtopics thus fixing 
an outline. Then he makes use of scripture passages 
and gives many Bible references. These bring the 
student into direct contact with what Jesus taught. 
The style is simple, clear, strong. Your group will do 
well to take this text and make a thorough study of it. 

The price of the book is $1.50. But you may have 
it as a premium to the Messenger and then it costs 
only seventy-five cents. Those who know Dr. Kurtz' 
manner of presentation and his skill in teaching will 
readily understand what they may have in store, if 
they will take the book and use it as suggested. 

Elgin, III. 

A New Task for the Church 


In Two Parts — Part One 

Every age brings to man new problems and new 
tasks. In one age he learns the use of fire; then, 
the use of water power and steam; later, the use of 
electrical energy. In one age man learns to advance 
by making slaves of his weaker neighbors ; later, 
slavery is abandoned and men learn the art of co- 
operative endeavor. All the while it is the same world 
and the same race of men, but the new tasks of a 
new age. 

Likewise every age brings to the church new prob- 
lems and new tasks. In one age her task is evangeliza- 
tion, then reformation ; later it is co-operation in 
building the kingdom of God. All the while it is the 
same church, the same gospel, the same world ; but the 
different problems of a different age. 

Today we are confronted with a new and complex 
problem. Past generations have left us a heritage 
of marvelous machines and great material wealth. We 
all ought to have an abundance of the good things 
of life. Yet millions lack the bare necessities of 
abundant living. Surveys have shown that every 
family in our land could have goods and services 
to the amount of more than four thousand dollars 
worth annually; yet a large per cent of our citizens 
have less than a tenth of that amount. It is not 
because all those in want are lazy and incompetent. 
Millions are denied the privilege of earning a good 
living, even while they are able and willing to do so. 
The same thing is happening to working men as has 
happened to our horses ; as they are displaced by 
machines, they become castaways and suffer prema- 
ture death. Thus the machines invented to serve 
men have become their destroyers. This is not the 
fault of the machines but of our way of using them. 
To develop a means of distributing the products of 
our machines for the common good of all men is the 
great task of our generation. In other words, we 
must develop a new economic system. 

Human and moral values are so involved in this 
task that it should not be left to politicians and 
economists alone. The church should face the new 
problem and take upon herself a new task. 

The condition of the world today is a vivid demon- 
stration of the truth of the statement : "The love of 
money is a root of all kinds of evil." The love of 
money, the profit motive, is the very foundation of our 
present business system. It has produced its fruit 
in abundance. We have seen old folks deprived of 
the savings of a lifetime laid up in banks, loans, or 
real estate, not because of any fault of their own, 
or because any one deliberately swindled them, but 
because of the collapse of the profit system. We have 
seen our farmers and laboring men work long hours 
for small pay, not because they did not earn more, 
but because it was profitable for a few to have them 
work like slaves. We have seen many of our fac- 
tories and much of our farm land lie idle, not be- 
cause men did not need their products, but because 
it was not profitable to operate them. We have 
seen millions of men go unemployed and their families 
go in want of the necessities of life, not because 
they would not work (most of these same men were 
at work during the World War) but because there 
was no profit in putting them to work. We have 
seen one-sixth or more of our population thrown upon 
the human scrap heap of the profit system — millions of 
unwanted, dwarfed and blighted men. To this physi- 
cal suffering has been added moral degeneracy. We 
have seen a large per cent of the younger generation 
become idle vagrants, and many turn to crime, not 
because they did not desire honorable work, but be- 
cause the doors to honest labor were closed to them. 
We have seen our mothers and our daughters taught 
to become cigarette smokers and drinkers of liquor, 
not because they wanted to of their own accord, but 
because it was profitable to the tobacco trust and 
the liquor dealers to lead them to do so by their subtle 
propaganda. We have seen the morals of our nation 
corrupted by our motion pictures, not because good 
pictures could not be produced, but because bad ones 
were more profitable. We have seen the world bled 
and corrupted by great wars, not because the people 
of the world want war, but because our economic war 
for profits make human wars inevitable. While the 
business world is impelled on in its mad rush for 
profits — by the love of money — not only are the weak 
deprived of food, sustenance and even life itself, but 
even the strong are often morally damned by the 
excessive powers and privileges of great wealth. We 
are reaping an abundant harvest of all kinds of evil. 
Judging by its fruit, in spite of the wealth it has pro- 
duced, capitalism is evil and must be supplanted. 

No longer can we evade the effect of our social 
injustice upon the young and the weaker, by saying 

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to those whom we wish well, "Go west, young man, 
go west!" The frontier and the new opportunities 
of the west are no more. Today we must make it 
possible for our young men to succeed at home. The 
exploitation of the weak by the strong, and the 
escape from the conflict by the wise to new fields, 
must give way to co-operation on the part of all for 
our common good. 

A careful analysis of our present system reveals 
that its motive power, the desire for profits (which 
in its last analysis is the desire to get something for 
nothing) is unchristian; its method, competition, set- 
ting man against man, is unbrotherly; and its final 
rewards, conferred on men not according to their 
ability to serve but according to their shrewdness and 
cunning, are unjust. 

The commitment of the church to the ideals of 
justice, brotherhood and service impels her to turn 
from a business system in which these ideals are un- 

The commitment of the church to the ideals of 
justice, brotherhood and service impels her to turn 
from a business system in which these ideals are curbed 
to one in which they become freely operative. If 
as Christians we follow our Master who went about 
doing good, if we lay to heart his command to his 
disciples in the presence of a crowd of hungry people, 
" Give ye them to eat," if we would manifest in 
ourselves such sympathetic helpfulness as he who 
could tolerate no human suffering in his presence, 
we must set ourselves to the task of helping to de- 
velop an economic system that will give every man a 
chance to produce and obtain for himself and his family 
his share of the comforts of life. Until we do set our- 
selves to this task, every unemployed worker, and every 
hungry child is a witness before God to our unbrotherly 
neglect. Millions in our nation suffer want today, 
not because God has afflicted us nor because of the 
stint of nature, but because the citizens of the land, 
we the people, tolerate an unjust distribution of the 
abundant blessings of God. 

Human sympathy should move us to action. Loyalty 
to him who taught us to love one another makes action 
mandatory. A survey of conditions and trends today 
indicates that unless we do act we shall be destroyed 
by the fruits of our neglect. 

Eustis, Fla. 

Divine Healing 


Many instances mentioned in the Scriptures show 
that Christ healed without the aid of drugs. His power 
is not to be limited. To do so is to dishonor him. The 
accuser, Satan, is a deceiver and destroyer of faith and 
he is all that he is described to be. Christ wants im- 

plicit faith. You may receive healing and wisdom by 
reading his Word, and trusting in him. In Matthew 
eight we read of Peter's wife's mother, who lay sick 
of a fever, and our Lord just touched her with his hand 
and instantly she was healed. No drugs were used. 
Verse 17 says : " Himself took our infirmities and bare 
our sickness." If Christ has power to heal your sin- 
sick soul, he has also the power to heal your body 
through faith. It was the mere touch of Christ's hand 
and the spoken words, " Be thou clean," that healed the 
most terrible disease there is. The leper had great 
faith in Christ. In the same chapter we read of the 
healing of the man with palsy. The word tells us that 
as many of those as even touched the hem of his gar- 
ments were made whole. 

The two blind men who cried unto Jesus saying, 
" Thou Son of David, have mercy on us," received their 
sight through faith. Christ said : " Believe ye that I 
am able to do this ?" They replied, " Yea, Lord." Then 
said Christ : " According to your faith be it unto you." 
No drugs were used. 

Christ healed many in the temples of worship. On 
one occasion he healed the man who was let down 
through the roof and was laid at his feet. 

In Luke 13 we read of the woman who was afflicted 
for eighteen years being instantly healed. Christ healed 
her by the mere touch of his hand. When Christ was 
at Jericho, a man named Bartimeus, who was blind, 
called to Jesus to show him mercy and to restore his 
sight, which the Lord did, seeing his great faith. Christ 
said : " Go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole." 
Some of the people of today need the scales of doubt, 
unbelief and criticism removed from their eyes so they 
can see how to follow Jesus. There is no disease too 
hard for Christ to heal if it is his will to do so. 

The book of James says, " The prayer of faith shall 
save the sick." He says for the churches to pray for 
and anoint those who are afflicted. The anointing oil is 
a symbol of the Holy Spirit's power. The blessing of 
healing is included in the atonement. The merits of 
his shed blood are for pardon as well as healing. It is 
just as easy for him to heal as to forgive sin. When 
Christ said the prayer of faith he meant the kind that 
holds on until the answer comes from heaven. 

In the passage of Scripture in James, which speaks 
of the anointing with oil, I wish to make it clear that 
there was no particular healing power in the oil itself, 
but it was used as a symbol of the Holy Spirit and his 
power to heal. The formal anointing was the ac- 
knowledgment of our Lord as Healer. The oil itself 
has no more power to heal without the Spirit than does 
the water baptism have to wash away sin without the 
Holy Ghost baptism, which is the essential baptism. 
Both are only symbols of the divine spirit power. 

Christ has power to heal the drunkard; the Holy 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1937 

Spirit has power to take away that terrible craving for 
liquor. He can also heal the tongue of scandal ped- 
dlers, liars, and mischief-makers. Remember the evil 
tongue is contagious. One gossip can do much harm 
and can start false reports that soon spread like wild- 
fire. James says the tongue is an unruly member. It 
is a world of iniquity. 

The hearts of those wicked men who persecuted our 
Lord were full of hatred and treachery. Judas was 
Christ's worst enemy. He flattered with his tongue but 
his heart was full of sin. His tongue was full of deceit. 
People who gossip need the Divine Healer to cleanse 
their heart and tongue. " Love worketh no ill to his 

Proverbs says : " Devise not evil against thy neigh- 
bor, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee." " Love thy 
neighbor as thyself." 

Christ has power to cleanse the tongue so that noth- 
ing unclean can escape the lips. Come ye that are laden 
with sin, sorrow or bodily afflictions, and let Christ be 
your Healer. Just trust him completely and let him 
have first place in your heart and life. His blood can 
wash you white as snow. Look to Jesus for your heal- 

Osceola, Iowa. 



Going Out of Business, Bankrupt Sale, Forced Out 
of Business, Removal Sale, and what not, are the signs 
that frequently catch the public eye. Poor business 
management is responsible for many of the above 
phrases. Successful men have either native or ac- 
quired instincts for the vital issues of business. Oth- 
ers fail because they have not the vision to sense the 
important items. 

In Luke 12 : 20, we have a very catchy sign. " Thou 
fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee." 
Here is a man going out of business. He is very short- 
sighted. He saw abounding wealth only as it related 
to himself and his personal accommodations. His great 
barns were chucked full. He was in a great dilemma 
concerning extra storage room. Where shall I bestow 
all my fruits? Where indeed? True, the missionary 
cause was not far underway. But the poor abounded 
everywhere. Jesus said, " Ye have the poor with you 
alway." There were lepers by the dozen in the fields 
as animals. A leper asylum might have proved a real 
granary in answer to his perplexing question, " Where 
shall I bestow all my fruits?" 

" And he thought within himself." Paraphrasing, 
he thought selfishly. Notice he used the personal pro- 
nouns lavishly. " I will pull down my barns and build 
greater ; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my 

goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul thou hast much 
goods laid up for many years ; take thine ease, eat, 
drink, and be merry." These words must have fallen 
as the gentle dews of heaven upon his soul. But it 
seems as though his soul must have been a sort of corn- 
crib. He said, " my fruits and my goods." Apparently 
he was not well read in the Psalms : " The earth is the 
Lord's and the fulness thereof." He must certainly 
have appealed to God as a usurper or even a liar. 

" And he thought within himself." That was a 
pretty small circle in which to think. Yet there are 
thousands today of the same type. Scores of them in 
our own church, thinking in the small circle of self. 
Some of them have great accumulations financially — 
more wealth than they can ever possibly, reasonably 
and sanely use for themselves. Some are accumulating 
rapidly year by year but just thinking within them- 
selves, What shall I do with it? Where shall I invest 
it to bring the largest returns? The Christ always 
placed the supreme values on life. Would not the larg- 
est returns today be in terms of life? There is a larger 
circle for thought than self. Think with trustees of 
Christian colleges. Think with the ( missionaries and 
mission boards representing the Christianizing influ- 
ences of Africa, India and China. Think with these 
great souls and you will learn of many granaries yet to 
be filled. 

" And he thought within himself." He spake to his 
soul. He was both speaker and audience. But there 
is always an unseen audience. God was thinking, 
" Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of 
thee." One can imagine God summoning his angels 
and saying to them : " Depart at once. Go down to 
earth this night and — Close him out." 

The Master said in closing this parable, " So is it 
with him who amasses treasure for himself, but has no 
riches in God." 

Troutville, Va. 



The evangelism needed today is the evangelism of 
Jesus, for he had a life-giving message and his is the 
only kind that will win men, bring them back to God 
and keep them for God. " And this is life eternal, that 
they should know thee the only true God, and him 
whom thou didst send, even Jesus Christ." " Now on 
the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and 
cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me 
and drink." 

The methods Jesus used were perfectly sane and 
sensible. He talked personally to the woman at the well 
and he went into the home of Zacchaeus, at a meal, had 
a personal interview and led this taxgatherer whom 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1937 


the people despised, to a confession of faith in God. 
Jesus was not a social reformer; he was a reformer of 
men. However, he did not win men only by personal 
contacts, he went out on preaching tours throughout all 
Galilee and beyond Jordan. He was not concerned 
about saving himself. He was going about saving a 

Christian education is sustained evangelism. Jesus 
gave a permament place to this in his program. He 
taught as one having authority and not as the scribes 
and Pharisees. In his teaching we find a soul, not just 
cold, formal facts about his way of life. Here I fear 
we are in grave danger of teaching the facts of Chris- 
tianity but fail to catch the Spirit of Christ. " Our 
churches are made up of people who would be equally 
shocked to see Christianity doubted or put into prac- 
tice." If we take the soul out of our teaching, it loses 
its charm and power in winning humanity to him. 
" The words that I have spoken unto you are spirit, and 
are life." We today need to have more of that radiant 
spirit and life in our teaching and preaching. A little 
wholesome enthusiasm would not be amiss in many 
quarters. It is high time some of us changed our tune. 
We have sung too many dirges and lamentations, we 
have been too cold and formal in our worship. God 
depends on us to provide him the opportunity to exer- 
cise his power, but we are hindering him. Religious 
emotion has enormous motive power if it is divinely 
directed; otherwise it sizzles away with light sensa- 
tionalism which is neither worth while nor lasting. 

A New York divine recently said that we need a two- 
year moratorium on preaching to give the weary world 
a rest. God forbid ! This battle-torn, weary, blase 
world needs the religion of Jesus Christ preached as 
never before. The world is hungering and thirsting for 
that faith which has in it the dynamic and regenerative 
power to lift men to God and to redeem society. It 
needs men to walk the highways of life with buoyant 
hope in their hearts and the light of a great radiance 
upon their faces. Human society is inexpressibly 
weary, disillusioned, and despondent. It needs the mir- 
acle of the first century — the evangelism of Jesus. 

McPherson, Kans. 

How Do You Treat Your Pastor? 


Do you expect your pastor to make a greater financial 
sacrifice than you are willing to make ; if so, why ? You 
want him to have a good standing among the pastors of 
your town, and you want him to have the respect of 
nonchurch members, but if the pastors were to have 
a dinner together would your pastor be embarrassed 
over paying fifty cents for his plate, knowing that his 
wife and children were home without a good dinner? 

If he did not go with the pastors he would be criticized 
by his fellow pastors, and his own church members 
would call him selfish, narrow and unsociable. 

Does your church send some other member as dele- 
gate to the conference, leaving the pastor at home when 
you well know that he is not able to pay his own ex- 
pense to the conference, and yet you expect him to be 
posted on what your church is doing? 

Does your pastor's wife have to absent herself from 
many social functions to which she should go, and 
where she could be a social leader for good, but her 
clothes are not good enough to attend such gatherings 
and she is compelled to stay at home, and then you 
wonder why she seems odd, downcast and burdened? 
Faith and prayer will not buy clothes when a congrega- 
tion has eyes to see and can not see, or they have ears 
to hear and can not hear. 

Are you allowing your pastor sufficient salary that 
he and his family may live on the same standard or 
better than you, or do you keep him depressed, hu- 
miliated and with a feeling that he must trot to your 
music or lose his job? 

If your children go wrong, do you blame the pastor's 
children for not setting a good example, expecting them 
to have greater influence in directing your children for 
the right than you have yourself? 

Have you wondered why your pastor does not make 
more calls, and have you considered that he may not 
have the cash to buy oil and gas, and that he can not 
drive it on unpaid salaries ? 

You expect your pastor's wife to be a good house- 
keeper, and you criticize her for not making calls with 
her husband or keeping her house always in the best of 
trim. Did you think of her extra duties, which you do 
not have? She may have an engagement for every 
night of the week, besides entertaining callers every 
day of the week, including wash day, almost breaking 
under the load, and yet she is being criticized when 
she should be praised and helped. 

If you do not want your pastor to leave unpaid bills 
when he leaves your community than you ought to be 
honest enough to pay him what you promised to give 
him, showing that you are as honest as you want your 
pastor to be. 

If your pastor should have sickness in his home, or 
hospital bills, and you know his salary is not sufficient 
to meet his bills, the church should help him meet his 
obligations. He will appreciate it, and you will be re- 
spected for your helping in a time of need. Then, too, 
you will maintain the dignity of your pastor's profes- 
sion, and the high calling of the church. 

Now if your pastor is getting $3,000 a year this arti- 
cle is not intended for you ; but many of our churches 
are not giving their pastors a square deal and the mem- 
bers of such churches ought to remember that they are 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1937 

human and can not live on prayer and faith when it 
comes to buying clothes and food, any more than any 
other member of the church. 

The most of our pastors are not asking for big sal- 
aries, but they would appreciate enough to live on in a 
respectable way. They feel that they deserve that 
much. We hope you will think about it, pray about it, 
raise your pastor's salary, and see that it is paid. 

Tobacco and Clean Living 


The question is sometimes asked, Does the Church 
of the Brethren have a message for the world today? 
In answer, her position is justified on the basis of cer- 
tain doctrinal practices and certain qualities of life 
that she has traditionally stressed during her span of 
years which loyal members point to with a sense of 

One of these is the simple life that has characterized 
the living of her members down through the years. To 
me, one of the interpretations of this is clean living. 
Specifically in this article do I refer to the nonuse of 
tobacco as a phase of clean living. 

I can remember in my home church in Maryland 
that there were very few members that used tobacco. 
This was true of the various churches of the Brethren 
that my limited experience knew anything about. Its 
nonuse appeared synonymous with church member- 
ship. The use of tobacco was frowned upon as a bad 
habit, a waste of money and contrary to the develop- 
ment of the highest type of spiritual life. 

The impression I have received in recent years has 
led me to believe that we are losing ground on this is- 
sue and subsequently the church is in danger of being 
deprived of one of her traditional qualities of living. 
Especially does this seem to be true in many of our 
churches in the south, where I have had occasion to 
worship at various times while on student volunteer 
trips during my college days. It is true that this is a 
limited field but the impression has nevertheless been 
striking. There seems to be a lack of emphasis and 
consciousness on this problem in the life of the church. 
Ground once lost is hard to regain. A smoking father 
will have greater difficulty persuading his son not to 
smoke. In a similar situation the Sunday-school teach- 
er has a greater obstacle to overcome. 

I know of a church of the Brethren with a fair sized 
membership that has fewer non-tobacco users in its 
male membership than habitual users. The church- 
yard appears to be a smokers' haven following services. 

I am personally acquainted with a number of church 
members who regularly smoke a pack or more of ciga- 
rettes a day and I am sure that many readers of this 
article know of similar cases. What a boost to our 

church giving if this unnecessary expenditure was con- 
verted to our church budget! It is an economic fact 
that money spent for one commodity can not be spent 
for another. 

Not only are tobacco users throwing away money 
that could be used to a better purpose, but they are sup- 
porting a business that is unscrupulous in its adver- 
tising policy and in many instances reaping a huge 
profit for the benefit of a few. It has been authori- 
tatively stated that several years ago the president of 
one of the large southern tobacco concerns received an 
income in excess of the total amount this company paid 
the farmers for their raw tobacco. The share cropper 
is one of the victims of this situation. 

Certainly it is time for the church to take an ag- 
gressive stand on this issue. Or is it wise to soft ped- 
dle and let it drift? In the recent Sunday-school les- 
son on temperance, tobacco was barely mentioned in 
the lesson comments, granting of course, that at the 
moment the alcohol issue is more pertinent and ap- 
palling. In my experience it is rare that I hear home 
pastors raise the tobacco issue in the pulpit. Is it pos- 
sible that it is unwise to raise this problem with cer- 
tain congregations? 

I believe that the condition has arrived when we 
must educate more definitely against the use of tobacco 
by church members if we are to maintain our position 
as a denomination in this phase of clean living. It is a 
part of the simple life, a foundation practice of the 
past in the life of the Church of the Brethren and we 
can not afford to lose it in any sense. 

Rada, W. Va. 



I observed three negroes — two men and a woman — ■ 
sitting at a table in a restaurant the other morning. 
They were rather young in years. 

Possibly I was guilty of the customary thoughts 
which course through one's mind — " What a pity our 
laws allow colored folks to eat in public places with 
the whites, etc." 

But if I had such thoughts, they were instantly ban- 
ished when, a few minutes later, I chanced again to 
glance at this table. 

Each of the young colored men had bowed his head, 
placed his hand to his forehead, and for upwards of 
half a minute, seemed to be asking God's blessing up- 
on the food — and incidentally witnessing in a splendid 
manner as Christian folks in a worldly public dining 

I remembered that God has some faithful ones among 
those of various races. 

Newport, Pa. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1937 



Keep Your Eyes on Jesus 


Do you long to have more goodness 

In your common daily life? 
Do you want to be more Christlike 

In the midst of sin and strife, 
Let me tell the only sure way 

You can make this dream come true: 
Always keep your eyes on Jesus, 

He has strength for me and you. 

If like Peter you are bothered 

By the boisterous wind and waves, 
Satan will almost make you wonder 

If your Savior really saves. 
You can walk upon the waters, 

Troubled though they sometimes seem: 
If you keep your eyes on Jesus 

From whom strength and mercy gleam. 

Do not look upon your neighbor 

Just to find mistakes and sin, 
Think about his kindly actions; 

And of your heart, what's within? 
We all sin, and need a Savior, 

Man's own good can not avail: 
So just keep your eyes on Jesus; 

His shed blood will never fail. 

Mexico, Ind. 

When Bob Gave God a Chance 

9. A Vision That Helped 

Remembering his promise to freeze the ice cream, 
Bob ran up the stairs and down the hall to the auditori- 
um. He walked down the long aisle and through the 
curtains in front of the choir loft. He found the music 
almost immediately and started back up the aisle. He 
was not thinking about the beauty, the restfulness, the 
peaceful quiet of the room, yet suddenly a desire to 
pray came upon him. He stood still for a moment, 
hesitating, listening to a voice within that whispered: 
" Kneel down, now, now !" Just as suddenly, the de- 
sire was swept aside by a rush of unreasoning and 
overpowering rage. " Bosh !" He was startled by a 
voice — his own. How harsh and rough it sounded 
shattering the peace and quietness ! " I'm leaving this 
place and I'm never coming back !" 

Controlled by that wild, blind anger, he ran swiftly 
towards the door through which he had entered a few 
minutes before. He had covered less than half the dis- 
tance when through a blur of tears he saw some One 
coming to meet him. Angrily, he flung his hand across 
his eyes to wipe away the signs of his struggle and 
breakdown. As his vision cleared, there seemed to be 
a soft glow over everything. His running slowed to a 

walk. A wonder came over Bob as the Person, with 
arms outstretched, advanced up the aisle, nearer and 
still nearer. Bob was conscious of a deep peace, an 
eagerness, but no fear. From the floor, the walls, the 
ceiling and the very benches, there came a wondrous 
anthem, which steadily increased in volume and clear- 
ness. At last he could understand the words. " Not 
my will, but thine, be done." 

Bob tried to focus his eyes on the One coming to- 
wards him, but even as he looked the Figure dis- 
appeared, the glow faded, and the music died away in 
the distance. He stood still, bewildered. Directly in 
front of him was the door, gently swinging to and fro. 
In its window was reflected the picture of Christ in the 
Garden. Drawing a deep breath, Bob addressed the re- 
flection : " Was I seeing things or has something really 
happened to me? I intend to find out." Carefully he 
pushed the door so it would continue to swing, and then 
he retraced his steps. He started again for the door ; 
nothing happened. A great joy, a deep conviction 
flooded his entire being. He turned and went straight 
to the picture of Christ in Gethsemane. A great weight 
seemed to be lifted from his heart as he knelt before 
the scene and cried, " Oh, dear Jesus, I see it all now. 
I have rebelled against you, because my plans were 
broken. Do forgive me and show me what you would 
have me do." Tears slid down his cheeks, as though 
washing away all his bitterness and rebellion. The 
peace from God, our heavenly Father, cleansed and 
filled his weary soul. At last he took in a deep quiver- 
ing breath and whispered softly, boyishly : " Dear Je- 
sus, just let me stay here a while with you. I'm so 
happy. It's so sweet to be with you again. It is queer, 
but I did not realize that I had ever gone away from 
you. Oh, I am so happy." 

And there Pastor Miller found him sometime later. 
He needed to look but once at Bob's beaming face and 
shining eyes, to see the joy, peace and power that was 
in the young man's heart. Silently the two men shook 
hands. For a moment neither one spoke ; then the 
minister said simply, his voice husky with joy, " I 
am so glad for you, Bob. God is wondrously good." 

"Yes, God is good; I never realized it could be 
like this. I hope I appreciate his love and care more 
fully as the days go by." Bob's voice fairly sang, 
" I am so glad he did not give up. I am glad the 
Master knew how to get into such a proud, rebel- 
lious heart as mine. The worst storm is over now. 
I want to go tell mother. She has been so con- 
cerned about my attitude towards life." 

" To know Christ as the Elder Brother is most 
blessed. May he keep you, and fill you more with his 
Spirit until you are brimming over with his peace and 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1937 

love of all mankind." Pastor Miller paused a moment ; 
then he asked: " May I drive you out? The rain is 
coming down in sheets. The heat wave is broken. This 
rain will quench the thirst of the parched trees and oth- 
er vegetation." 

Bob's parents were overjoyed at the change in their 
son. Mrs. Rohwer had been very uneasy when the 
storm broke, and still no Robert. John was getting 
ready to go out and look for him when Pastor Miller 
drove up. Mary saw instantly the change in Bob. 
Joyously., she ran out to meet him, unmindful of the 
rain. "My boy, my boy, when did it happen?" she 
sobbed happily as she flung her arms around him. 

" How did you know that anything had happened, 
mother, dearest?" beamed Bob. He held her tight in 
the circle of his strong left arm. " Come in and I will 
tell you all about it. I am so happy. I can really sing, 
I can laugh, I have your blessed kind of joy. Here- 
after God will direct ; it shall be my joy and privilege to 

John gripped his son's hand, saying, " We are all 
very happy about this, my boy, mother and I, Anne and 
our Philip, too." 

■\Yhen Robert looked up and saw the happy faces 
around him, he said : " My cup runneth over ! And 
to think, I have been missing all this and never knew 
it!" Once more they were a happy family, and life 
took on added zest and joy. 

Brewster, Wash. 

The Hands of Christ 


Text: "See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself" 
(Luke 24:39a) 

One can tell a lot about a person by looking at his 
hands, for hands are not alike. A sure way to identify 
people is by their fingerprints. The story of youth and 
age can be told by the hands. My mother had the cus- 
tom of tracing the hands of her babies when they were 
about six months old. As I looked at my own baby 
hands in mother's old tin relic box a few summers ago, 
I wondered that they ever could have been so small, and 
I wondered even more what might have been mother's 
thoughts as she traced those baby hands. 

A little boy about ten or twelve years old asked his 
mother if he could go swimming after school. " You 
can not go today," said the mother, " it is too chilly." 
That evening after school a group of boys a little 
younger than he came along and said, " Let's go swim- 
ming." " No ! mother said not ; it's too cold." After 
awhile a group of boys about his age came and said, 
" Let's go swimming." " No ! Mother said not," was 
the ready reply. Still later a group of boys a little older 
came and said, " Let's go swimming." " No! Mother 

said I can't go today ; it's too cold." " Sissy ! Tied to 
your mother's apron strings !" The little fellow yielded 
and went. When he came back from his swimming 
mother said : " When you said ' No ' to that group 
of boys a little younger than you, I was proud of you. 
And when you said ' No ' to that group of boys about 
your age I was the proudest woman in town, but when 
you yielded and went with the group a litttle older than 
you, I was very sad." " Why, where were you mother, 
when all this was going on ?" " Oh, I was looking out 
the window through the curtain." " Why didn't you tap 
on the window and give a guy a lift ?" 

As one looks at the hands of a baby, a boy, or a girl 
he wonders what those hands will become. Perhaps 
they will play some organ, or write beautiful poems, or 
enforce the laws of the nation, or point the way to God 
for weary travelers on life's highway. God forbid that 
they should be the hands that steal or kill or do any 
other thing that brings sorrow or pain to man. Let us 
tap on the window and give the little folks a lift. 

A person's hands are very expressive. How we all 
appreciate the warm loving handclasp of a dear friend ! 
Many other emotions can be expressed by the gesture 
of the hand; such as the protection of the weak by the 
strong, the issuance of a command, or a call for help. 
Hands often become a substitute for speech, as in the 
sign language, or for sight as in the reading of raised 
letters by the blind, or for hearing as so beautifully 
demonstrated in some of the experiences of Helen Kel- 
ler. As she walks out to the wistaria vine that covers 
the porch she puts her hands on the vine and " hears " 
though the rhythmic vibration of the vine the song of 
the bird on the topmost branch. 

Even when all the senses are normal, the hands are a 
great aid to expression, as for instance, the graceful 
gesture of a minister or lecturer. Some use their hands 
more than others in speech. One cold winter's day two 
Jews were walking down the street, neither saying a 
word. Finally one exclaimed, " Why don't you say 
something?" Out came the other's hands from his 
pockets as he replied : " You freeze your own hands !" 

In answer to the statement of Thomas that he would 
not believe that Jesus had risen except he saw the print 
of the nails in his hand, Jesus said : " See my hands 
and my feet, that it is I myself." Jesus was so good 
that he hurt his hands in going about doing good. 

Christ's hands were hands of toil. He was a carpen- 
ter by trade. He loved all good workmen. He con- 
stantly spoke in terms of the workaday world, as of 
the husbandman and the vine, the beam and the mote, 
the four kinds of soil, the fisherman and his net, the 
king and his steward, the merchant and his pearls. 
Some years ago I saw on the front page of a mission- 
ary magazine the picture of a farmer's hands calloused 
from toil. By the picture were these words, " These 

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hands have given a dollar a day for missions for the 
past twenty years." Surely those hands are just as con- 
secrated as those of the minister who points out the 
way to everlasting life. The widow who takes in wash- 
ings to support her family in school and church is a 
" gold star mother " in the eyes of God. Fathers who 
by the sweat of their brows run the factories, guide the 
plows, or in any way do the work of the world in a 
Christian spirit, are blessing the world by the toil of 
their hands. They are following in the footsteps of the 
One who has been rightly called : " The Man of the 
carpenter shop and of the Galilean streets." 

Christ's hands were hands of authority. One can see 
the look of scorn and the finger of authority as he said 
to those who would desecrate the Temple : " It is 
written, My house shall be called a house of prayer : 
but ye make it a den of robbers." Jesus was, and al- 
ways is, a Friend of the poor and oppressed, and a ter- 
ror to those who prey upon the weak. One likes to 
think of just laws as- the hands of Christ set against the 
doers of wrong. There is a handwriting on the wall 
against all sin, and the hand that is doing the writing 
is the nail-pierced hand of Christ. 

"Wherever man oppresses man 
Beneath thy liberal sun, 
O God, be there, thine arm make bare, 
Thy righteous will be done." 

Christ's liands were hands of blessing. He said : 

" Suffer little children to come unto me ; forbid them 

not : for to such belongeth the kingdom of God." How 
the children love to sing that beautiful hymn : 

"I wish that his hands had been placed on my head, 
That his arms had been thrown around me, 
And that I might have seen his kind look when he said, 
'Let the little ones come unto me.' " 

Christ's great message and mission mean that some day 
there will be no more child labor, no more child mar- 
riage, no more binding of the feet of baby girls, no 
more crippled children uncared for, no more dark alleys 
for playgrounds. 

Christ's hands were hands of healing. I can see thir- 
teen men coming down a dusty road. Yonder in the 
distance they see a procession. As they draw near they 
see a crowd of mourners. The widow of the little vil- 
lage of Nain did all she could to save her son. He was 
her means of support; she loved him as her own life. 
She ministered unto him night and day, but at length 
the icy hand of death was laid upon his brow. All that 
loving hands could do could not avail. The whole vil- 
lage turned out in sympathy for the widowed mother. 
The thirteen travelers met the procession of mourners 
and as Jesus stopped the procession all eyes were fixed 
upon him. He said, " Young man, I say unto thee, 
arise !" A funeral procession was changed to a march 
of triumph. I can see that mother and son going home 

arm in arm, praising God ; while the crowd marvels at 
such power. One likes to think of the love of God 
coming through the fingertips of Christ as he touched 
blind eyes and closed ears. 

A friend of mine who taught a large Sunday-school 
class of soldiers at the Great Lakes during the World 
War said that nineteen young men died in his arms dur- 
ing the terrible influenza epidemic. He said that the 
last request of each one was to see his mother. He told 
of sending a telegram to one mother asking her to come 
to the bedside of her dying boy. When she arrived, her 
son was lying with his face turned from the door. The 
mother walked quietly in and gently and lovingly placed 
her hand on the feverish brow of her son. Without 
opening his eyes he said slowly and softly, " Mother \" 
The touch of that hand was different from all others, 
for there was more love in it. So the mother-love of 
God was in Christ and it went to his fingertips and be- 
came power to heal all manner of diseases. The hands 
of a loving mother or of a faithful doctor or nurse may 
be the hands of Christ ministering to human needs. 

Christ's hands were nail-pierced hands. His hands 
were the hands that were wounded for me. Nothing 
touches the hearts of others like some one suffering for 
them. Missionary Judson, after undergoing unspeak- 
able suffering while lying in stocks in prison for many 
months, gained his freedom and then asked the King of 
Burma for permission to go to a certain city to preach 
the Gospel. " I am willing for a dozen preachers to go 
to that city," replied the king, " but not you. Not with 
those hands. My people are not fools enough to listen 
to and follow your words, but they will not be able to 
resist those scarred hands." So the uplifted Christ, 
with those scarred hands, will draw all men unto him. 

At the end of life's journey we too will be known by 
what our hands have done. A little girl in her teens 
had lost her mother. Her father was a drunkard. She 
was the oldest of a large family of boys and girls. She 
tried to take mother's place ; she scrubbed and cleaned, 
baked, and washed the clothes ; she even tried to earn 
a little money by working in a store. It was too much 
for her strength and she grew sick. Among those who 
visited her was the minister of the little church around 
the corner. Week after week he went to visit the little 
worker who was now the little sufferer. One day he 
was afraid he would not see her again. He talked to 
her about that other home ; he spoke to her about meet- 
ing mother, and best of all about Christ being there. 
The little girl's face brightened as she said, " But how 
will he know me?" The thoughtful and kind minister 
looked at those tired little hands and said : " Show him 
your hands and he will know you." As Jesus was 
known to Thomas by his hands, so we will be known by 
our hands. 

Johnson City, Tenn. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1937 


Calendar for Sunday, January 17 

The Sunday-school Lesson Topics listed are those of the Inter- 
national Uniform Lessons, copyrighted by the International Council 
of Religious Education, and used by permission. 

Sunday-school Lesson, Jesus the Water of Life. — John 

4: 7-26. 

Christian Workers, Lives of Pioneer Missionaries. 

B. Y. P. D., The Middle Kingdom. 

Intermediate, African Bridge Builders. 

Gains for the Kingdom 

One baptism in Polo church, 111. 

Five baptisms in Shamokin church, Pa. 

Two baptisms in Harmonyville church, Pa. 

Two united with the Outlook church, Wash. 

One baptism in West Wichita church, Kans. 

Three baptisms in Colorado Springs church, Colo. 

Twenty-three accepted Christ in Harrisburg church, Pa. 

Eleven baptisms in Wakarusa church, Ind., Bro. Dewey 
Rowe of Bryan, Ohio, evangelist. 

Three baptized in the Reading church, Pa., Bro. B. F. 
Waltz of Hershey, Pa., evangelist. 

One baptism in the Grants Pass church, Ore., Bro. H. G. 
Shank of Portland, Ore., evangelist. 

One baptism in Pine Creek church, Ind., Bro. Galen Bow- 
man of Middlebury, Ind., evangelist. 

Eight baptisms in Uniontown church, Pa., Bro. E. M. 
Hertzler of Windber, Pa., evangelist. 

Nineteen confessions in Mt. Joy church, Va., Sister S. B. 
Brougher, home minister, evangelist. 

Eleven baptisms in Monitor church, Kans., Bro. H. L. 
Ruthrauff of Hutchinson, Kans., evangelist. 

Seven accepted Christ in Peachblossom church, Md., Bro. 
M. J. Weaver of Lancaster, Pa., evangelist. 

Eleven accepted Christ in the Brookville church, Ohio, 
Bro. C. A. Petry of Akron, Ohio, evangelist. 

Two baptized and one reclaimed in Coventry church, Pa., 
Bro. J. H. Clapper of Hopewell, Pa., evangelist. 

Ten baptisms in Markle church, Ind., Bro. Robt. Sink of 
Bringhurst, Ind., evangelist; three baptized since. 

Four baptisms in Belleville church, Kans., Brother and 
Sister W. W. Blough of Olathe, Kans., evangelists. 

Twelve baptisms in Panther Creek church, 111., Brother 
and Sister B. M. Rollins of Keyser, W. Va., evangelist. 

Fifty added to the Waynesboro church, Va., Bro. C. H. 
Hinegardner of Lynchburg, Va., evangelist; ten additions 

Nine baptisms in East Dayton church, Ohio, Bro. D. R. 
McFadden of Smithville, Ohio, evangelist; three baptisms 

Eight baptisms in Cumberland church, Md., Bro. DeWitt 
Miller of Bridgewater, Va., evangelist ; twenty-four re- 
ceived on former baptism. 

Thirteen baptized in Panther Creek church, 111., Brother 
and Sister B. M. Rollins of Keyser, W. Va., evangelists; 
one united with the Mennonite church. 

Twenty baptized and two received on former baptism in 
Elkhart City church, Ind., Bro. Leo H. Miller of Ft. Wayne, 
Ind., evangelist ; five received since the meetings. 

Thirteen confessions in Fort Wayne church, Ind., Brother 
and Sister G. G. Canfield of Plymouth, Ind., evangelists; 
nine baptisms previous, and four received Dec. 31. 

Our Evangelists 

Bro. J. H. Cassady of King Ferry, N. Y., Jan. 29 in Ross- 
ville church, Ind. 

Bro. E. L. Whisler of Ajlune, Wash., Jan. 10 in the Out- 
look church, Wash. 

Bro. Rufus P. Bucher of Mechanic Grove, Pa., Feb. 28 at 
the Florin house, West Green Tree congregation, Pa. 


Personal Mention 

" Guest Speakers " named in the program of this year's 
McPherson Regional Conference are W. W. Slabaugh, Ru- 
fus D. Bowman, M. R. Zigler, Ruth Shriver. The time is 
Feb. 21-26. More about the conference next week. 

" I am requesting the prayers of the Messenger readers. 
I am in ill health and have great suffering and wish to be 
restored to health. I am a member of the Church of the 
Brethren and have been a reader of The Gospel Messenger 
since childhood. I do not care to have my name pub- 

Bro. Paul B. Studebaker, pastor of the Franklin Grove 
church of Northern Illinois, has time for a revival meeting 
this spring or summer. Sister Studebaker can accompany 
him, if desired, to lead the singing and tell stories to the 
children, these being mostly the ones she herself writes for 
our publications. Their address is Franklin Grove, 111. 

An item of interest in the career of the late Eld. John 
H. Brubaker of Southern Illinois goes back to the days 
when Sunday schools were not much in favor among our 
people. He was superintedent of a school which was held 
in the barn of Eld. Daniel Vaniman, an ardent supporter 
of the new movement. We recall hearing Bro. Vaniman 
tell about this with characteristic enthusiasm. 

" Diary Leaves," page 23, will stir some interesting and 
precious memories. Would you have needed the reference 
to the book about Charlie Newcomer to identify the au- 
thor? Or are the accumulated years too many, or your 
own too few, to think through the short list of our mis- 
sionary pioneers, and recall the vacancy which time has 
made in them? Can you complete that last unfinished sen- 
tence? What would the next sheet tell us, if we had it, 
about "Preacher Purdue"? Perhaps you can guess. May- 
be he can tell us himself if he is still alive. 

From the Crumpackers of Ping Ting Chow come Christ- 
mas greetings and good wishes for 1937. After speaking 
of personal satisfactions which came to them in the home- 
land, such as the baptism of their daughter and the mar- 
riage of their son, the renewal of old friendships and the 
making of new ones, they say : " Then when the Board and 
the Conference appointed four new workers for China our 
joy was full and we were ready to come back to China with 
humble and appreciative hearts determined to draw nearer 
and nearer to our living Lord and Savior." 

Bro. John D. Ellis, pastor of the Moxham church, 
Johnstown, Pa., accompanied by Bro. Calvin Bowman, will 
leave New York Feb. 3 on a tour of the world. They are 
going with the Christian Herald party on the S. S. Beren- 
garia, Cunard White Star Line. They hope to be able to 
visit some of our mission stations in India and China and 
would be glad to carry words of greeting if any readers 
write them for this purpose. They may be addressed, in 
ample time, in care of the outgoing ship. The home ad- 
dress of Bro. Ellis is 164 Village St., Johnstown, Pa. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1937 


Sister Sadie J. Miller's address in the southland was giv- 
en erroneously a few weeks ago. The correct address is 
1043 N. Webster Ave., Lakeland, Fla. 

Bro. Ralph Townsend was a brief caller at the Messen- 
ger rooms Jan. 8. He was on his way to Seattle from which 
place he was scheduled to sail Jan. 12 for India. He will 
teach in the Woodstock School at Landour, taking the place 
of Sister Susan Stoner Shull. With him was Wesley D. 
Ginn of Girard, Ohio, not sponsored by our Board but 
bound for the same place to engage in the same work. 

Bro. Otho Winger and wife are in Washington, D. C, this 
week, if plans have not miscarried, attending the meeting 
of our General Education Board along with other meetings 
in the interest of education. From there they go. on to 
Florida where they are to spend several months. Bro. 
Winger is scheduled to begin a two weeks' meeting at 
Sebring Jan. 31. May they have a delightful sojourn in 
the southland and a safe return to North Manchester, not 
too much hurried and with added resources of health and 

Bro. J. F. Graybill of Malmo, Sweden, forwarding an ac- 
count of the life and work of Eld. Christian Hansen of 
Denmark, describes an interesting coincidence in his ac- 
companying letter. " On the same day and by the same 
mail came two letters containing the death notice of 
both of these aged members and requiring my pres- 
ence at the funeral on the same day and at the same 
hour of the day, yet separated a distance of nearly 100 
miles." The other death was that of the oldest sister in 
Denmark, aged ninety-four. Though Bro. Graybill could 
not do all that was asked, he made the trip, remained a 
week and held a number of meetings. " All is well with 
us " is a good last word. 

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Miscellaneous Items 

" He served in the ministry fifty-one years," writes one 
in the brief but significant annals of those who delight in 
righteousness. But that is not the whole story. " He was 
the fourth generation serving in the ministry " in the same 
congregation. There is another record hard to equal 1 

The Moody Bible Institute has celebrated many Foun- 
der's Week Conferences in early February of former years, 
| but the thirty-first annual Founder's Week Conference to 
be held January 31 to February 7 will be distinctive in that 
it will celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the birth 
of D. L. Moody, founder of the Institute. 

One live pastor said in his Christmas greetings : " Guard 
carefully the red letter days for the church." The calen- 
dar had some of the figures in red and he may have been 
afraid that his people would use these days in such a way 
that the church would lose them. A real danger, not? But 
the names of the months were printed in red letters, all 
red letters, and since he said red letter days, might he have 
wanted all the days of all the months to be guarded care- 
fully for the church? Would that be asking too much? 

What makes the local church a power in the community? 
No single thing is more important than the spirit of those 
who make up the church membership. Here is a good 
example: "For fifteen years he had been superintendent 
of the Sunday school and for approximately the same num- 
ber of years he was church clerk. He was also a member 
of the board of deacons, ... of other boards and com- 
mittees of the church. Being a carpenter and general con- 
tractor, his services were often used by the church. . . . 
He gave unstintingly of his time and ability." 

An Appeal to the Ministers of the Church of the Breth- 
ren: If there is some one among them who is so circum- 
stanced that he could and would be willing to make some 
sacrifice to serve a small church of about ninety members, 
having a good house of worship free from debt, who are 
willing to aid an active minister in a material way, but are 
not financally able to pay a regular salary, we would be 
glad to get in correspondence with some minister who 
would consider this appeal. — T. S. Fike, Thurmont, Md. 

Bro. J. A. Naff, Boone Mill, Va., recommends this as an- 
other way of increasing church attendance : " A Southern 
Virginia minister took a bushel of apples to his mission 
church appointment for a Christmas gift to all who were 
present and a few in paper bags to the aged and shut-ins. 
As the congregation was singing the closing hymn, greatly 
to his surprise, before he had time to present the apples, a 
brother on the front seat arose and said: 'I think we 
ought to give our minister a little Christmas present.' 
Another said: 'All that desire can have part.' I am en- 
closing the gift to send the Messenger to five families that 
live around this mission church, with the prayer that the 
Messenger and apples will increase church attendance for 


.$» -;. .;. * 

With Our Schools 

McPherson College Notes 

Sunday afternoon recitals by Fine Arts faculty members 
are proving of unusual interest to students, faculty and 
other lovers of music in our city. 

Of special interest to all former students and friends of 
McPherson College is the Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration 
which will beheld next June in connection with commence- 
ment week. Plans for this celebration are progressing in a 
satisfactory way. 

President Schwalm and C. Ernest Davis are spending 
much time in the field working on the Anniversary Cam- 
paign. They are assisted by J. J. Yoder and O. P. Wil- 
liams. It is their hope to raise $100,000 for the college this 
year. The work is progressing in a satisfactory way. 

Our debate teams under the superior guidance of Prof. 
M. A. Hess are in the midst of a successful season. In the 
past seventeen years McPherson College has won either 
first or second place in the Kansas College Debate League 
115 times. The above is a record never before equalled in 
this league. 

Prof. S. M. Dell, president of the Alumni Association, 
and Miss Corrine Bowers, secretary, are largely responsi- 
ble for alumni group meetings held in the interest of the 
college. In the past two months meetings have been held 
in the following centers: Chicago, Denver, Nampa, Wichi- 
ta, Salina and Hutchinson. 

Members of the Fine Arts Faculty and advanced students 
are giving a series of radio concerts during the winter. 
The program over KFBI, Abilene, Kans., will be of special 
interest. The date and time are Sunday, Jan. 17, 3:00 to 
3:30 P. M. A number of other programs will be given 
over Wichita and Hutchinson stations. 

President Schwalm has recently been honored by being 
appointed to the State Board of Education. The appoint- 
ment was made by Governor Landon and continues for 
four years. The State Board of Education of Kansas is 
largely responsible for the educational policies of the state, 
;ind the honor conferred on President Schwalm is indeed a 
significant one. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1937 


What to Pray For 


Week of January 16-22 
It is evening here in America as I write, but in Bul- 
sar, India, it is early morning. If only we had radio 
connections with our mission hospital there, we would 
find it most interesting to listen in. First we would 
hear the sounds of voices speaking a strange language, 

Doctors Raymond and Laura Cottrell 

and then we would hear the hearty voice of Dr. Ray- 
mond Cottrell, the gentle voice of Dr. Laura, and the 
cheery voice of Verna Blickenstaff exchanging salams 
with their staff of helpers. A clear-toned bell rings, 
and they assemble in the little prayer room where they 
unite in asking the Father's blessing upon their work 
for the day. Well they know the power of prayer. 
Often convalescent patients and their relatives attend 
this little service which is held in their own language, 
and they learn something of the worship of a God, 
whose lose they have seen demonstrated in the kindly 
ministry of healing. 

Now, as the missionaries and their faithful assistants 
scatter for their various duties, let us follow them with 
our prayers. Pray for Dr. Raymond as he meets the 
men patients, and Dr. Laura as she serves the women 
and children. Pray for Nurse 
Blickenstaff and the Indian 
nurses as they assist the doc- 
tors, and go among the patients, 
literally carrying out our Sav- 
ior's command of washing their 
feet and doing numerous other 
humble services. Pray for Das, 
Dr. Raymond's assistant ; for 
Martin, the compounder, as he 
prepares the medicines; for 
Lawrence as he meets the pa- 
tients and registers the cases. 

Pray for the evangelistic workers, Virabhai and 
Kankubai, as they tell the gospel story to the waiting 

patients and the many friends, and relatives who ac- 
company them. Pray that hearts may be softened and 
made receptive to the message of salvation. " More 
things are wrought by prayer than this old world 
dreams of." 

On Furlough, North Manchester, Ind. 

Vera Blickenstaff, R. N. 

The Show Yang Revival 


The frequent quotation, " The blood of the martyrs 
is the seed of the church," we believe is generally true. 
However, this can scarcely be said of the Show Yang 
church, where no less than forty-five Christians, four 
of them being foreign missionaries, sealed their testi- 
mony with their blood, during the Boxer Rebellion. 

Strange as this may seem, the church has made slow 
progress since that time. The Church of the Brethren 
took over the work from the English Baptist Mission 
in 1919, which had spent almost twenty years of seem- 
ingly fruitless labor and effort. The whole county 
after all these years, has now, a church membership of 
only one hundred and fifty, and of this enrollment, 
how many are truly " born again " is a question we 
are unable to answer. The city of Show Yang is 
steeped in sin and degradation, and the surrounding 
villages are not much better. Within two miles of the 
city there are people who are still afraid to have any- 
thing to do with Christianity or foreigners because of 
Boxer memories. 

A few years ago a very helpful revival meeting was 
conducted by four young people of the Bethel Mis- 
sion at Shanghai, when we " thanked God and took 
courage." A little later it became evident that the 
enemy had been sowing tares in the field which sprang 
up in the form of anonymous letters attacking some 
of our most faithful workers, and immediately, strife, 
dissension and suspicion got the upper hand in the 
church. Persistent prayer was made however, for a 
revival for cleansing, and for a baptism of the Spirit, 
which prayer was graciously answered in the latter 
part of September. Our Father sent into this needy 
field, two of his faithful servants, Miss Jean Graham, 
born in New Zealand, Australia, and Miss Kate Fred- 
ricksen of Norwegian birth. Both ladies have had 
twenty or more years experience in mission work in 
China, and the former has spent the last six years 
campaigning for God throughout China. The follow- 
ing is a portion of Miss Graham's letter to her " Prayer 
Partners " in different parts of China, telling about 
the Show Yang revival : 

" When we arrived the outlook seemed hopeless. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1937 


The new Show Yang church; Brother and Sister J. P. 
Overholtzer of Covina, California, in the foreground. 

We spent some time visiting among the disgruntled 
leaders, and in hours of conversation, believed that 
God worked. It was a real answer to prayer that these 
leaders attended the meetings regularly. God directed 
that the meetings should be in the afternoon and eve- 
nings, and three on Sunday, which left the mornings 
free for prayer. From nine to ten o'clock, we for- 
eigners met to intimately lay the situation before God, 
and from ten to eleven o'clock, foreigners and Chinese 
leaders met together and interceded desperately for 

" The meetings went on, and we kept our eyes on 
him. After one meeting I asked those who wanted to 
pray, to be free to do so, and the lady schoolteacher 
burst out in penitent prayer. I asked her to remain 
behind, and the man schoolteacher remained too. He 
sobbed out loudly, not caring that his pupils saw, but 
did not really get through until midnight on the last 
night of the meeting, since when he praises God for 
saving him and forgiving his many sins. It was a joy 
to help the young lady schoolteacher into the kingdom. 
She did not spare herself in the least, and the Spirit of 
God dealt with sins that many a Christian in the 
homelands allows in their life. The joy of the Lord 
shone on her face, as the Spirit of God revealed to her 
the wonder of forgiveness. She rejoices that though 
she was baptized some years previously, she passed 
from death to life on that day. In her testimony be- 
fore the church and her pupils, she tells of pilfering 
sins, deceit and pride, and realizes that she must con- 
fess Christ at every opportunity. One evangelist made 
some excuses and went away in the middle of the 
meetings, but we prayed God to arrest him and bring 
him back to the meetings, and he did ! 

" On the second Sunday morning, a most solemn 
atmosphere prevailed. The runaway evangelist, and 
elderly Bible woman, and one or two others remained 

for prayer, and the evangelist did not spare himself 
as he poured out a terrible tale of sin and hypocrisy. 
In another part of the church the Bible woman was 
being helped to unearth a bitter, envious, jealous 
hatred toward a co-worker. 

" After the last meeting the next day, the pastor 
who had been resisting the Spirit day after day, turned 
with the others to leave, while the missionaries' cook 
for whom much prayer had been made, and who had 
never professed to believe, was leaving too. Some one 
spoke to him and he dropped as if shot, where he was, 
and began pouring out a stream of sinful confession! 
What a bad man he had been ! A wave of the Spirit 
seemed to fill the building. The pastor turned at the 
door as if compelled by an unseen Hand and dropped 
on his knees, and seemingly oblivious to his surround- 
ings he prayed desperately. His usual mechanical 
prayer phraseology had no place in those petitions, he 
was just a sinner beseeching mercy as if the door of 
mercy was about to be closed forever, and he was 
afraid he was almost too late. We stayed with him, 
prompting and helping him with questions advice and 
prayer. At one time he stood up and declared with 
tears and sobs what a hypocrite he had been. He is of 
a quiet, amiable disposition, and his aim was to please 
everybody, but he was habitually untruthful, saying he 
constantly declared that black was white, and his 
cowardice and dishonesty were shown to him in the 
light of heaven. Would to God that all the so-called 
white lies of many westerners would have the scorch- 
ing judgment this Chinese pastor had, as he stood in 
the deserted church at midnight, with the tears stream- 
ing down his face, a broken, repentant and forgiven 
sinner ! One could not but be deeply moved and the 
tears would come. The old gatekeeper let the little 
group into the mission compound at midnight. The 
light of the lantern showed another light in the pas- 
tor's face, as he said simply to the gatekeeper : " The 
Lord has saved me tonight!" The next morning at 
the leaders' prayer meeting, he told with tears, the 
story of a forgiven sinner. Heaven came down as we 
melted together in prayer, and others too told of sins 
forgiven. That evening a testimony meeting was held, 
and the pastor opened the meeting by an unsparing de- 
nunciation of his past life, and with beaming eyes 
told the story of God's mercy to him. What a changed 
man he looked ! The next day, the day of our de- 
parture, we again met at ten o'clock for the leaders' 
prayer meeting, now led by the pastor. I do not re- 
member ever seeing a man, foreign or Chinese, so 
broken, so humbled, so earnest, so beseeching as that 
man was as he bared his soul before God and poured 
out a stream of petitions that could have come from an 
old prophet's lips. He pleaded and wrestled with God 
for power to witness to his grace, for strength to carry 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1937 

his responsibility, and for power to win souls. His 
anti-foreignism was drowned in the sea of God's for- 
giveness. ' O God,' he cried, ' we have seen these for- 
eigners here these days, working together for our sal- 
vation. They have worked together in love though 
they belong to three different nations [British, Ameri- 
can and Norwegian]. We have not even seen three 
different people. We have just seen one body and that 
was Christ's. Oh, God, grant to us Chinese this same 
love that we may work together as one !' I can almost 
feel the holy quiet of that atmosphere as I write. We 
were deluged with a sense of God's presence. I was 
surprised to find that we had been there for two and 
one-half hours ! We had to rush away to dinner and 
to the train. 

" The smile of heaven and the peace of God was 
with the little group that sang us away as the train 
moved off. There had been no big crowds, no com- 
motion, no confusion, and nothing spectacular, but 
there had been definite evidence of God's miracle- 
working power. There is no miracle so great as that 
manifested when a hypocritical professor of religion 
crumbles down at the mercy seat, and rises a humble 
forgiven sinner. We bow our heads in awe, and wor- 
ship God ! Praise him for all he has done !" 

Show Yang, China. 

A Miracle in China 


We had been in China only a month, and naturally 
could not speak the language. We invited a young 
Christian Chinese man to our room who speaks enough 
English that we could understand him, and he told us 
the following story about his life, which he said was a 
miracle and which has such a practical application in 
these times of unemployment that I give it here. He 
had finished school and wanted a place to work where 
he could make a living. First he applied to the cus- 
toms department. He was told they would give him 
work as soon as his turn came on their list, since he 
met all requirements for the position. He waited a 
month but his turn did not come. He applied with 
the postal department and was given a similar answer. 

All the time he said he was praying definitely that 
God might help him secure a position. One night he 
had a dream. In the dream he was called into an office 
and was interviewed by a man he had never seen be- 
fore. The man talked to him and told him he would 
give him a position in the postal department, and that 
if he would do his best he might have rapid promotions 
to the head of a department. The dream thrilled him, 
but when he awoke it was like so many dreams — only 
a dream. 

A few days later, however, he received a letter ask- 

ing him to report at a certain office, which he had never 
seen. He went to the place and there sat the very man 
he had seen in his dream in the offce he had dreamed 
about. The man gave him a position. 

Now he is doing his best to render the type of serv- 
ice which he believes will make the rest of his dream 
come true and secure a position at the head of the 
department. Already he has been promoted to the 
head of a subpost office in the city here. He says it is 
a miracle in his life. It thrills us to find such a believ- 
ing Chinese Christian. 

Peiping, China. 

Our Missionary Calendar 


Two yards of white sign painters' cloth, a bottle of 
India ink, two sizes of flat end letter pens, a T square, 
and a yardstick, along with common sense and a little 
push will make a large size calendar for the church 
foyer or some nook which can be devoted to missions. 

A large calendar containing the names of all mem- 
bers who pledge a special gift for missions is our 
method of developing the missionary spirit in Wenat- 
chee. We used it last year and liked it so well and it 
doubled our giving, so we have started the same plan 
for the ensuing year. Last Sunday the new calendar 
appeared and names, birth dates and anniversaries are 
already pouring in without being solicited. The use of 
one's birthday for a personal thank offering seems to 
be a pleasing idea for not many people buy themselves 
birthday gifts and they can not forget the date either 
when their offering is due. A pledge of three dollars 
puts a name on the calendar. Some use their wedding 
anniversary date. Others who are better blessed or 
more devoted to the task pledge a day for each mem- 
ber of the family, usually using their birthday. It is 
most interesting to look over the list of dates. It also 
reminds one that many a birthday greeting or word of 
cheer is in order. 

When the pledge is paid we use a red star sticker to 
signify the facts. Our goal for this year is a pledge 
for every day in the year. At the close of the last fis- 
cal year the secretary penned a rhythmic verse on postal 
cards to remind a few delinquents of their pledge. Al- 
though our valley had been hard hit by ill luck we were 
overjoyed to receive nearly seventy-five dollars on the 
following Sunday. 

Our missionary committee consists of three mem- 
bers ; each of them was a Student Volunteer in college. 
The three were present at each meeting of the commit- 
tee throughout the year. Our pastor tells us that this 
is unusual. Consecrated workers are sure to bring re- 

Wenatchee, Wash. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1937 




More Life Sketches of Pioneer Missionaries 

Sunday, January 24 
Psalm 121 
(David Livingstone's Favorite) 
1. Biographical Sketch of Emma Horning. 
II. Life Sketch of Harold Stover Kulp. 
III. Life Sketch of J. F. and Alice Gray bill. 
Topics for Discussion: 

1. Christians at home should make an equal sacrifice with 
those who go abroad. 

2. The Church of the Brethren should double her mission- 
ary giving in the next five years. 

This outline is based on the program, " Life Sketches of 
Pioneer Missionaries," arranged by Nora M. Rhodes. It 
may be obtained from the General Mission Board, price 5c, 
or see your local missionary committee. 


Missions and Youth 

II. Highways of the World 

My son, now seven, says he wants to become an airplane 
pilot so that some day he may come to visit his parents 
in Nigeria. The open highways of the world, how they 
beckon to and challenge the youth of today 1 Young men 
and young women, the whole world is open before you. 
What thoughts stir you as you gaze down its long vistas? 

There was an earlier day in the world's history when 
most of the then known world was under the imperial rule 
of Rome. Magnificent roads stretched everywhere, mak- 
ing distant lands accessible to the traveler. Hundreds of 
merchant vessels plied the Mediterranean Sea. People 
could travel everywhere. There was a young man named 
Paul who had an experience on one of those roads. He met 
his Master face to face. The experience blinded him to the 
world but so illumined his spiritual sight that thereafter 
he could see those roads only as leading to the regions be- 
yond. They became the roads over which he traveled with 
the most precious and most needed commodity — the Gos- 
pel of Jesus Christ. There were other travelers on those 
same roads. The military forces of imperial Rome traveled 
those roads. Paul met those who exploited their fellow 
men or who played upon their religious superstitions for 
material gain. They tried to turn him back. He was 
mobbed, beaten and imprisoned, but nothing could stop the 
gospel's march of triumph — not even the prison chains of 
imperial Rome itself. 

The size of Paul's world pales almost into insignificance in 
comparison with the world into which the open highways 
of today run. Today's highways, too, are open to those 
who, having met their Master face to face, can see them 
as avenues of opportunity running everywhere and over 
which can be carried that of which man is most in need. 
But the open roads of today have other travelers. There 
are those who would rob the people of natural resources 
rightly theirs, and in return for natural wealth, they would 
exploit the passions and appetites of the people for material 
gain, destroying them in body and in soul. In 1935 in 
Nigeria there was a great increase in exports of useful 
things, such as tin, cotton, peanuts, hides and cocoa. In 
return the volume of increase of imports into that coun- 

try was in liquors and cigarettes. In return for the good 
things they give us, there is being left a trail of drunken- 
ness and loathsome disease. 

Christian youth, does not your sense of fairness chal- 
lenge you to give something of value for the economic op- 
portunities these countries offer? And you have something 
of priceless value to give — the revelation of God in Jesus 
Christ. Let us, like Paul, go forth upon the open highways 
of the world confident that nothing which the opposition 
may do to us can stop the glorious triumphal march of 
the gospel. — H. Stover Kulp. 


Program Units 

Leaders who have not yet made the acquaintance of 
these little books of program materials for intermediates 
or younger seniors will be glad to know about them. There 
are two volumes of booklets, each published in four parts 
containing thirteen programs. Resource material and oth- 
er program suggestions are given. They are printed by the 
Christian Board of Publication, from whom our inter- 
mediate graded lessons are adapted, and may be purchased 
through the Brethren Publishing House, 22 S. State St., 
Elgin, 111., at 25c per pamphlet. The topics are as follows : 

Volume I, Part I — Making Our Program ; Our Neighbors 
Near and Far; Sharing with Homeless Boys and Girls. 

Volume I, Part II — Our Church and the Youth of the 
Community; Our Money; People of Other Nations in 

Volume I, Part III — Honoring Our Parents ; Jesus in the 
Villages Around the World; What My Country Means to 

Volume I, Part IV — Stories and Story-Telling; Finding 
the Best in Games and Sports; Learning to Do My Part. 

Volume II, Part I— Christ and the Modern World ; Mak- 
ing My Home a Home Beautiful ; Planning My Gifts for 

Volume II, Part II— The Youth of the Orient; Planning 
for Worship; Easter and Its Meaning. 

Volume II, Part III— Making the World of Work Chris- 
tian ; The Twelve Disciples; Holidays Around the World. 

Volume II, Part IV— Serving Through My Church; In- 
teresting Things to Do; The Disciples of Christ (denomi- 
national material). 

Many of these will need to be adapted and used with our 
own material, but they will be useful as suggestions and as 
supplementary material. 


The Nursery Department of the Church School 

There was a time when children under four years of age 
had no place in the church school except as members of a 
cradle roll. Their names were placed on a showy chart 
that adorned a wall in a conspicuous place. If they hap- 
pened to come to the church school, they remained with 
mother or were ushered into the beginners' department, 
and very often the beginners met with the primaries. This 
meant that the nursery child did not find the church school 
session much more interesting than if he had remained with 
mother in an adult class, for neither group had a program 
provided to meet the needs and interests of a child under 
four years old. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1937 

Today, however, nursery children coming to a modern 
church school frequently find a room and program pro- 
vided especially for them, and how they do enjoy it! 

In the first place, the room is different from other rooms. 
It is not cluttered with work tables nor with chairs placed 
in orderly rows as one often finds in rooms for older peo- 
ple. Instead, there is plenty of space in which to move 
about, and an atmosphere of informality pervades the 
place. It is something like a play room at home, but of 
course, here one finds more children. There are all sorts of 
toys — blocks with which to build homes and churches or 
garages, dishes to serve imaginary foods at play parties, 
large crayons and drawing paper for experimentation in 
drawing and writing, picture books with stories from which 
the leader reads at request, dolls, pegboards, beads, balls, 
and all kinds of materials that invite activity. 

What then, is this a play room in the church? Should 
we not teach these children about God and Jesus and right 
conduct when they come to church school? Yes, it is a 
play room, and more. It is right here where the teacher's 
task begins. Under her guidance children will learn to 
share toys willingly, to await turns in using them, to help 
one another, and numerous other ways of expressing Chris- 
tian living. Conversation about God arises while the chil- 
dren are playing with the blocks. The prepared leader 
guides them to recognize that blocks are made from trees 
which God caused to grow. In appreciation of God who 
made trees so children could have such good times, little 
heads bow in gratitude in the midst of play to say with the 
leader, "Thank you God for trees from which blocks are 
made so we may have happy times in play." 

Another time, some children are seated around a little 
table with paper food cut from magazines. How good the 
jello or cornflakes taste in imagination! The leader shares 
the play, but tactfully reminds them how we get food to 
eat, and how we like to thank God for it. First steps in 
prayer : for it is not a memorized prayer, but spontaneous 

Purposely, there are placed books and pictures of Jesus 
that arouse interest. Conversation turns to this great 
Friend of little children. They too may claim him as their 
particular Friend, and who does not like to have friends? 

Sometimes the children may feel like singing, but more 
often the leader will sing to them. Gladly will she meet 
the request to " Sing it again." Through it she is guiding 
their thinking. 

And so teaching goes in the nursery department. Al- 
though the leader has purposes in mind, there is no routine 
way to achieve those purposes by talking at the children 
seated in stiff rows or circles for an hour. There must 
be activity, and a leader alert to relate the activity to God 
and Christian teaching. If this is not guidance in religious 
growth, what is it? 

Nursery leaders are directed to the following books for 
further suggestions : Guiding Nursery Children in Home 
and Church, Eva McCallum; Nursery Class Teaching, 
Mary Edna Lloyd. — Mary Grace Martin. 

Financial Report Special Peace Fund 

Eleven Months Ended November 30, 1936 
Receipts — 
Contributions (eight months ended August 31, 1936, 
as reported in Gospel Messenger of October 10, 

1936) $2,021.58 

Contributions (three months ended November 30, 
1936, as follows below) 1,466.75 

ToUl Receipts 


Expenditures — 

Salaries and office help 673.92 

Stationery and supplies 47.95 

Telephone and telegraph 8.46 

Postage ' 270.92 

Literature 1,162.05 

Miscellaneous 3.54 

Conferences 335.20 

Less literature sales 3.48 


Balance, November 30, 1936 $ 989.77 

Contributions for the Special Peace Fund for September, October, 
and November, 1936, are as follows: 

Peace Bonds $ 2.40 

California— $8.21 r 

So. Dist., Glendale, Ariz., $8.21. 8.21 

Florida— $5.00 

Indv. (Tampa), $5.00 5.00 

Illinois— $75.79 

No. Dist., Indv. (Elgin), $5.00; Indv., $1.00; S. S. (Elgin), 
$5.00; Bethany Ladies' Trio; $25.00; Students of Bethany Bib- 
lical Seminary, $9.00; Indv. (Elgin), $1.15; Women's Work 
Organization (Elgin), $10.00; Bethel, $1.06; Indv. (Elgin), $0.33 57.54 

So. Dist., Oak Grove, $2.25; B. Y. P. D. (Astoria), $11.00; 

Indv. (Cerro Gordo), $5.00 18.25 

Indiana — $226.58 

Mid Dist., Eel River, $28.29; Clear Creek, $10.55; Indv., 
$1.00; West Manchester, $34.22; Indv. (Andrews), $1.50; Lib- 
erty Mills, $24.25; Loon Creek, $29.40; Pipe Creek, $27.79; Indv. 
(Peru), $2.00 159.00 

No. Dist., Osceola, $16.36; Indv. (Ft. Wayne), $3.00; Sec. So. 
Bend, $26.41; Indv. (Goshen), $10.00; Florence, $2.15; Sec. So. 
Bend, $3.50 61.42 

So. Dist., Maple Grove, $2.50; Union Grove, $3.66 6.16 

Iowa— $126.73 

Mid. Dist., Ivester, $26.10; S. S. (Iowa River), $6.51; Prairie 
City, $16.55; Fernald, $20.00; Aid Soc. (Prairie City), $3.02; 
2 Indv. (Garrison), $5.28 77.46 

No. Dist., Worthington Dist. Meeting, $24.07; Young People 
of Pine Lake Camp, $11.89; S. S. (Willow Creek), $3.00; Worth- 
ington, $10.31 49.27 

Kansas— $39.31 

N. E. Dist., Ottawa, $5.81; Ottawa, $8.00 13.81 

N. W. Dist., Y. P. D. (Quinter) 5.00 

S. W. Dist., Indv. (Newton), $2.00; 1st Wichita, $18.00; Indv. 

McPherson), $0.50 20.50 

Maryland— $190.40 

E. Dist., Bethany, $15.86; Indv., $2.00; Indv. (Washington), 
$1.49; Westminster (Meadow Branch), $39.00; Sams Creek, 
$16.00; Bethany, $30.00 104.35 

Mid. Dist., B. C. E. of Dist., $47.00; Manor, $16.00; Indv. 
(Hagerstown), $5.00; Stone Bridge, $3.65; Y. P. (Beaver Creek), 

$14.40 86.05 

Michigan — $10.00 

Shepherd 10.00 

Missouri — $56.09 

Mid. Dist., Osceola, $2.00; Aid Soc. (Warrensburg), $3.00; 
Osceola, $2.50; Warrensburg, $4.43 11.93 

No. Dist., Honey Creek, $3.30; Plattsburg, $26.75 30.05 

So. Dist., Mountain Grove 14.11 

Nebraska — $23.96 

South Loup, $17.30; Bethel, $5.66; Indv. (Beatrice), $1.00 23.96 

Ohio— $244.31 

N. E. Dist., Men's Group (Springfield), $10.00; Danville, 
$43.00; Zion Hill, $43.10 96.10 

N. W. Dist., Black Swamp, $63.24 63.24 

So. Dist., Indv. (Lower Miami), $1.00; 2 Indvs. (New Carlisle), 
$2.05; Indv., $1.00; Indv., $0.50; S. S. (Covington), $30.00; Indv. 
(Pitsburg), $1.00; S. S. (Poplar Grove), $7.07; East Dayton, 
$10.60; Indv. (Brookville), $1.00; West Dayton, $26.75; Indv. 

(Eversole), $2.00; Trotwood, $2.00 84.97 

Oklahoma— $16.76 

Thomas, $9.16; Washita, $7.60 16.76 

Oregon— $35.20 

Myrtle Point, $22.70; Grants Pass, $12.50 35.20 

Pennsylvania — $108.47 

E. Dist., S. S. (Hatfield) 10.00 

Mid. Dist., Indv. (Clover Creek), $1.00; Women's Work Or- 
ganization (28th St., Altoona), $20.74; 28th St., Altoona, $11.00; 
Indv. (Hollidaysburg), $1.50; Indv. (New Enterprise), $2.00; 
Indv. (Claysburg), $0.50; Indv. (Claysburg), $0.50 37.24 

S. E. Dist., Women's Council (First Phila.), $10.00; S. S. 
(Parkerford), $5.00 15.00 

So. Dist., Indv. (York), $2.00; Indv. (York), $10.00; Indv. 
(Newville), $1.00 13.00 

W. Dist., Indv. (Johnstown), $1.56; Locust Grove, $21.67; 
Indv., $1.00; Fairchance, $8.00; Indv. (Glade Run), $1.00 33.23 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1937 


Texas and Louisiana — $7.00 
Indv., $5.00; Indv. (Rosepine), $1.00; Indv. (Roanoke), $1.00... 7.00 

Virg inia— $206.60 

E. Dist., Richmond, $5.16; Nokesville, $31.97; Fairfax, $68.69.. 105.82 
1st Dist., Copper Hill, $11.00; Green Hill, $3.00; Hopewell, $1.75 15.75 
No. Dist., Mill Creek, $7.50; Greenmount, $11.36; Harrison- 
burg, $7.30; Unity, $8.81; Indv. (Salem), $14.00; Greenmount, 

$15.35; Harrisonburg, $2.50 66.82 

2nd Dist., B. Y. P. D. (Mt. Vernon), $8.81; Y. P. (Bridge- 
water), $4.30; Summit, $3.50 16.61 

So. Dist., Beaver Creek, $1.60 1.60 

Washington— $57.57 
B. Y. P. D 57.57 

West Virginia— $38.77 

1st. Dist., Sandy Creek, $11.18; Eglon, $18.82; Eglon, $2.10.... 32.10 
2nd Dist., Goshen, $2.00; Bowden (Cheat River), $1.75; 4 Indv. 
(Pleasant Hill), $2.92 6.67 

Total for three months $1,479.15 

Less refund on peace bonds 12.40 




After fifteen years of diligent research and writing, Dr. 

J. Maurice Henry has completed and released to the 

public on December eleven his second complete book, " The 

History of the Church of the 

Brethren in Maryland." 

The book itself has an interest- 
ing background as traced in its 
preface. The first attempt to write 
a history of the Church of the 
Brethren in Maryland was begun 
in the Eastern District of Mary- 
land in 1916 when the District 
Meeting was petitioned to author- 
ize the appointment of a commit- 
tee in each church to collect data. 
The early church leaders had nev- 
er dreamed of writing a history of 
their faith and achievements. The Church of the Brethren 
had kept no records, in any authorized and written form 
in Maryland until about the middle of the nineteenth cen- 
tury. It was soon discovered that only persons of his- 
torically trained experience would be able to find the data 
necessary for a well balanced history. 

The author worked diligently during that period and in 
the years since searching for and collecting data. Although 
he is not a native of Maryland, he has spent eleven years 
of active service among the churches of the state, and was 
well acquainted with the churches and their various ac- 
tivities. He gave much time, effort, and thought in secur- 
ing the material. He read over all the records in Philadel- 
phia, Harrisburg, Lancaster and York, Pennsylvania. He 
found a wide range of data in Maryland. Due to this as- 
siduous research, he was able to find a record of the early 
churches in Baltimore which has never before been written 
up. The chapter on the " Pathfinders " was the result of 
five years' work and was by far the most difficult part of 
the book. Another difficult chapter was that on the pio- 
neers of the nineteenth century. 

The history consists of nine chapters including: The 
Founding of Maryland, Pathfinders, Congregations, Pio- 
neers of the Nineteenth Century. It is well illustrated with 
one hundred and fifty illustrations, some from very early 
and rare pictures. — From the B. C. Bee. 

Bridgewater College. 


People often hear expressions that make them feel good 
or bad. While walking on the street in Roanoke recently, 
a man I have known for forty years hailed me to wish me 
a merry Christmas. 

While we were talking we overheard a man swear. The 
man that wished me a merry Christmas said: "While I 
am not a Christian I am trying to live right." 

I replied: "You must think the Lord is easily satisfied. 
I know you will be mistaken some day." 

" But there are many people worse than I am," said he. 

" Still that does not make you any better," I answered. 

My dear reader, we have to judge a tree "by its fruit. I 
am afraid a lot of folks, who think they are living right 
from their viewpoint, have not considered what God will 
think about it. Elders, preachers, deacons and laymem- 
bers will not be excused if they do not live right. 

God is no Respecter of persons. Their loose way of liv- 
ing will not do. Every man who says he is a Christian, but 
does not live up to God's Word, but treats his fellow man 
as he would not like to be treated, drinking and swearing, 
can he be a Christian? Answer this for yourself. A wom- 
an that is a church member, but still a gossiper, faultfinder 
and critic after she reaches the years of accountability, how- 
can she be a Christian? Answer this for yourself. 

Let us watch our step. While I was sick and confined to 
my room some weeks ago I heard a quartet over the radio 
sing: Watch the Setting of the Sun. Friends are watch- 
ing the setting of the sun in our lives, for some day the 
sun is going to set. Will we be left in the dark? Or will 
we have the light of Jesus as a lamp in our pathway? 

Then there will be those who hear that awful pronounce- 
ment : " Depart from me, I never knew you." We are 
living in a day in which people are drawing away from 
God, instead of drawing closer to him. 

Don't you think we are following in the footsteps of the 
children of Israel? Is God going to raise up another 
Moses to lead us out of bondage? No, because we are liv- 
ing too close to the sunset of this world. Jesus our Savior 
is coming next time to receive his own. Let us watch the 
setting of the sun in our lives. 
. Roanoke, Va. W. P. Crumpacker. 


Mrs. T. S. Moherman of Ashland, Ohio, sends this note with a page 
of Diary Leaves: "All the years of our stay at Dalcville, Va., we 
lived in the 'Old Mansion' on the college campus. One room I always 
kept in readiness for the college guests, especially the ministers and 
missionaries who usually served the school in some special way. Last 
week in going over some old papers that I had evidently taken from 
the writing table in this room, I found this page of 'Diary Leaves.' 
Here is just one of them. But the writer left a clue. It interested me 
and brought many memories, so I am sending it to you. Perhaps some 
of his dear ones would be glad to read it." — Ed. 

Roanoke, Va., Dec. 14. 'Twas a beautiful drive over Bent 
Mountain from Copper Hill on down from Floyd County 
to Roanoke. The memory of Floyd lingers. Nearly every 
home is built near to a spring or at least a stream, and at 
the foot of a hill. The people are just folks like the rest 
of us. The children are eager to learn and the grown-ups 
love the church. They are just beginning to appreciate 
the fact that children had better come into the church as 
children, than to wait till they are big and then perhaps 
never come. I advise folks to read my little book, Charlie 
Newcomer. It has helped thousands. It seems to me the 
house of worship should he kept on a level with the house 
we live in. When we live in shacks we do not require a 
cathedral to worship in; Inn when we live in substantial, 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1937 

clean and well built houses, our house of worship should 
be just as good. To have it otherwise is to discount our re- 
ligion. Paint costs, but it is of more value on the walls of 
our churches than on the cheeks of our girls. I wish ev- 
ery congregation could have a live missionary committee 
and a missionary program at least once in three months. 
This seems essential. 

It is pure joy to sit by the fireside and talk of church 
work and missions with Bro. P. S. Miller. This home is a 
saint's rest. And how the congregation has grown ! Over 
1,000 members. Outlook excellent. And yet Bro. Miller 
must take off his hat to a larger congregation still, one we 
have in India. And yet some folks are acting as if they 
do not believe in missions! 

Spray, N. C, Dec. 16. I took an early train to Stoneville, 
was reading a most interesting bear story and went on 
down to Madison, N. C, where after a couple of hours 
waiting I got a return train. From Stoneville to Spray a 
jitney carries passengers and the road is good. I was 
brought to the home of Bro. T. R. Purdue who gave me a 
hearty welcome. Leaksville and Spray are all one town 
now; our church is in the Spray end. They need a pastor. 
The opportunity for growth is very good. The Brethren 
are ready for a forward movement. Many work in the 
cotton mills, receiving their pay weekly. I asked for 
Preacher Purdue, which brought smiles, for he is a — 


Sister Etta A. Wagoner Barklow, wife of Elder C. H. 
Barklow, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. 
Golda Edwards, Medford, Oregon, Dec. 2, 1936, at the age 

of 62 years, 10 months and 8 
days. She was born at Mil- 
mine, Payette County, 111., 
Jan. 24, 1874. At three years 
of age she went to live with 
her foster parents, Mr. and 
Mrs. L. F. Wagoner. While 
she was yet a child the fam- 
ily moved to the northwest 
and after a short time lo- 
cated in the Myrtle Point 

It was here where she 
grew to adulthood. At the 
age of 14 years she gave her 
heart to the Lord under the 
ministry of the Myrtle Point congregation. On April 9, 
1891, she was united in marriage to C. H. Barklow with 
whom she lived in mutual love and faithfulness until her 

Her devoted and consistent Christian life qualified her 
most worthily as a strong counterpart in the ministry, the 
profession to which her husband was called five years after 
their marriage. She most willingly and gladly assumed the 
duties that befall a minister's wife — that of caring for oth- 
ers as well as caring for her own. Among the most tender 
memories cherished by her bereft husband are of those 
times when it was her lot to stay by the home caring for 
the interests of the family when he was called away for 
an extended time in the interests of kingdom work. After 
the family was grown she accompanied her beloved com- 
panion in a number of revival meetings, helping in visita- 
tion work and in special songs. She was elected at two dif- 
ferent times to serve as delegate to Annual Conference, 
once for the Grants Pass church at Calgary, Canada in 

1922, and at another time for the Myrtle Point church at 
Colorado Springs, 1931. 

Her sudden departure leaves many friends as well as the 
members of her own family bewildered in the deeps of un- 
expected grief. She had been apparently enjoying the very 
best of health when she was stricken with a stroke of apo- 
plexy. It was on Monday morning following Thanksgiv- 
ing Day while she and her husband were getting their car 
in readiness to return from their daughter's to their home 
in Myrtle Point when the affliction came. Her death oc- 
curred two days later. 

In addition to her beloved husband she leaves in bereave- 
ment three children : Mrs. Rachel Michael, Olympia, 
Wash. ; Mrs. Zelia Williams, Eugene, Oregon ; Mrs. Golda 
Edwards, Medford, Oregon. There are seven grandchil- 
dren : Orin Michael, Mrs. Lorena Clark, Olympia, Wash. ; 
Harold Michael, La Verne, Calif.; Elouise Williams, Eu- 
gene, Oregon ; Geraldine, Herbert and Bonnie Lou Ed- 
wards, Medford, Oregon ; also four sisters : Mrs. Mary 
Yagle, Va., Mrs. Isabel Howell, Long Beach, Calif., Mrs. 
Ola Hart, English, Ind., Mrs. Myrtle Thompson, Ind. ; and 
a host of other relatives living in the states of Indiana and 

The funeral service was held in the Myrtle Point church 
Dec. S, with Brethren C. E. Wolff and F. H. Barr officiat- 
ing. Interment was made in the Norway cemetery. 

Myrtle Point, Oregon. F. H. Barr. 


One of the most active leaders in the Harrisonburg con- 
gregation passed on to her eternal reward Nov. 26, 1936, in 
the very prime of her life. Hattie Beatrice, daughter of 
the well known and beloved Elder D. B. Wampler, was 
born in the bounds of the Mill Creek congregation Oct. 30, 
1889. Her mother, Elizabeth Wampler, was a woman of 
deep religious conviction and her father was a man of 
more than usual ability in the pulpit. He was one of the 
outstanding evangelists in the Shenandoah Valley in his 
day. Hattie followed in the footsteps of her beloved par- 
ents and united with the church at an early age. She was 
baptized during a revival held by her father when she was 
about nine years old. 

Elder D. B. Wampler was a strong advocate of educa- 
tion. Hattie finished the public schools in Rockingham 
County and entered the Academy at Bridgewater where 
she remained and finished her college education. She had 
a wide experience as a teacher. Her teaching career was 
spent at Charlottesville, Elkton, Manassas, Daleville 
Academy, and the Water school in Harrisonburg. For 
some time she was teacher of religious education in the 
Rockingham County public schools where her work at- 
tracted wide attention. 

For many years Hattie was the director of the Young 
People's work in the Harrisonburg Church of the Brethren 
and her passing was a great loss to the church. She la- 
bored lovingly and long before having to give up to an 
operation which seemed very successful, but other com- 
plications set in and she fell asleep on Thanksgiving morn- 
ing. Her pastor had visited her in the hospital only a short, 
while before her departure and had prayer in the sick 
room. She seemed very cheerful and longed to be out in 
order to be about the Master's work, but her mission was 
finished and she was called up higher. When her passing 
was telephoned to her minister the first text that came to 
his mind was used at the funeral, "A princess in Israel 

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has fallen this day." The large crowd at the services 

testified to the love and esteem with which she was held by 

all. The Harrisonburg church has sustained a great loss. 

Bridgewater, Va. J. M. Henry. 


Please note that the fifty cents required for the publication of a 
marriage notice may be applied to a three months' Gospel Mes- 
senger subscription for the newly-married couple. Request should 
be made when the notice is sent, and full address given. 

Ault-Swihart.— By the undersigned, at the Walnut Church of the 
Brethren, Dec. 6, 1936, Bro. Clarence Ault and Sister Mary Swihart, 
both of Argos, Ind. — Charles C. Cripe, Argos, Ind. 

Beam-Foreman.— Nov. 22, 1936, by the undersigned, in the parson- 
age, Bro. Howard A. Beahm of Holmesville and Sister Beulah M. Fore- 
man of Ellis, Neb.— Paul K. Brandt, Holmesville, Nebr. 

Cripe- Young. — By the undersigned, father of the groom, at his home, 
Nov. 22, 1936, Bro. Paul A. Cripe and Sister Mary Alice Young, both 
of Bremen, Ind. — Charles C. Cripe, Argos, Ind. 

Higgins-EIlenberger.— By the undersigned, De,c. 20, 1936, at the First 
church parsonage, Chicago, 111., Mr. Bruce B. Higgons and Sister 
Nina Ellenberger. — M. Clyde Horst, Chicago, 111. 

Peterson- Myer.— By the undersigned, at his home, Dec. 19, 1936, 
Ralph D. Peterson of Brook, Ind., and Dorothy L. Myer of Camden, 
Ind. — John W. Flora, Kokomo, Ind. 

Purdy-Miller.— By the undersigned, Dec. 5, 1936, at the home of the 
bride's parents, Brother and Sister Ralph W. Miller, River Forest, 111., 
Mr. Walter N. Purdy and Sister Evelyn Miller.— M. Clyde Horst, 
Chicago, 111. 

Shaffer-Swihart.— By the undersigned, at his home, Oct. 10, 1936, Bro. 
Joseph Shaffer and Sister Lena Swihart, both of Plymouth, Ind. — 
Charles C. Cripe, Argos, Ind. 

Sorg-Broadwater.— By the undersigned, Dec. 10, 1936, at the First 
church parsonage, Chicago, 111., Mr. Arlin Russell Sorg and Sister 
Helen Marie Broadwater. — M. Clyde Horst, Chicago, 111. 

Summers-Hieger. — By the undersigned, at the Richmond church, 
Nov. 29, 1936, Mr. John F. Summers and Mary Jane Hieger of Foun- 
tain City, Ind— F. E. McCune, Kitchel, Ind. 

Sutton-Phillips. — By the undersigned, at the bride's home, Dec. 24, 
1936, Ray C. Sutton, San Dimas, Calif., and Edna B. Phillips, La Verne, 
Calif.— W. I. T. Hoover, La Verne, Calif. 


Anderson, Wm. O., son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Anderson, was born in 
Kosciusko County, Ind., July 27, 1875, and died Dec. 18, 1936. He mar- 
ried Alley Irena Gardner on Nov. 11,' 1894. Two years later they moved 
to North Dakota, living there for about twenty-five years, before 
moving back to South Bend, Ind., and finally locating at Walkerton, 
Ind. He united with the Church of the Brethren over twenty-five 
years ago and remained in that faith until the end. His wife survives 
with four daughters and two sons. In his father's family he was the 
youngest and the first to pass away. Services in the Center church 
near Walkerton by the writer, with burial in the cemetery beside the 
church.— B. R. Cross, La Porte, Ind. 

Baack, Elmo E., was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baack in Idaho, 
Jan. 6, 1909, and died in the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Holdren in 
Yakima, Wash., Dec. 21, 1936. In his youth he accepted Christ and 
came into the Christian church. He became somewhat careless about 
his relationship to his Lord until on his sickbed he sought to be in 
closer touch with Christ. He asked for the anointing and expressed 
deep satisfaction in the sense of victory whether his life were spared 
or whether he should go home. He leaves his companion of five years, 
Louise Holdren Baack, his father and mother, three sisters and four 
brothers. Services were conducted by the writer. Interment in the 
Terrance Heights Memorial Park. — Paul S. Longenecker, Yakima. 

Bloom, Bro. Emanuel, son of Samuel and Cathrine Bloom, was born 
Aug. 28, 1850, and died Dec. 11, 1936. He married Hannah Tyson Oct. 
19, 1871; she died June 14, 1933. He leaves nine children, thirty -one 
grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren, one great-great-grand- 
child. He united with the Church of the Brethren early in life and was 
faithful until death. Brother and Sister Bloom for the past several 
years were at the Home in Fostoria where they were cared for. Fu- 
neral services by the writer with burial in the cemetery near Wayne, 
Ohio. — Geo. W. Garner, Walbridge, Ohio. 

Claar, Bro. Frederick A., born Nov. 26, 1856, died Oct. 7, 1936, of a 
heart attack after only a few hours' illness. He was married Jan. 10, 
1884, to Leah Walter who survives with two sons and four daughters. 
He united with the Church of the Brethren in October, 1876, and was 
elected to the office of deacon thirty-two years ago and served faith- 
fully until death. Funeral services in the Lower Claar church by his 
pastor. Eld. D. I. Pepple, with interment in the church cemetery. — 
Mrs. Warren Claar, Claysburg, Pa. 

Force, Royal, son of Mrs. Mary Force of Lanark, 111., was born Nov. 
4, 1895, and died Nov. 28, 1936, in Spokane, Wash. Surviving are his 
wife, three daughters and two sons. In 1910 he left Lanark to come 
west. He married Miss Edna M. Aschbrenner in 1911 and to them 
were born three sons and three daughters. He served faithfully in the 
North Spokane church as deacon; for seven years he was Sunday- 
school superintendent. One week before his death he was taken t<j 
the hospital and operated on for ruptured appendix. Funeral services 
by Rev. H. J. Hansen, pastor. Burial at Riverside cemetery.— Mary 
Force, Spokane, Wash. 

Gorden, Sarah Etta, wife of Abraham Gordcn, born in Wayne County, 
Ind., on Dec. 5, 1863; she died Dec. 88, 1936, in the hospital in Minot, 
N. Dak. On Dec. 26, 1880, she married Abraham Gorden, who died a 
little more than one year ago. This union was blessed with five sons 
and two daughters; one son preceded her. Early in life she became a 
member of the Church of the Brethren and was a faithful Christian in 
her home and the community all through life. The family moved to 
the vicinity of Surrey in 1907 and later to Van Hook, N. Dak. Funeral 
sermon by Eld. D. T. Dierdorff and M. W. Petry at the Surrey church 
with interment in the adjoining cemetery.— Mrs. C. D. Lambert, Minot, 
N. Dak. 

Helmick, Bro. Simon G., was born May 13, 1886, and died Dec. 12, 
1936. He was the son of Philip and Martha Helmick. He married Cora 
Ellen Hile Dec. 25, 1903. He leaves his wife, six children, his step- 
father, six sisters, two brothers and six grandchildren. He had been 
a faithful member of the Church of the Brethren for thirty-two years 
and served as deacon for twenty-six years. Services in the Maple 
Spring church by D. B. Spaid, assisted by John S. Fike and Ezra Fike. 
Interment in the Eglon cemetery.— Flora Harsh, Eglon, W. Va. 

Hylton, Sister Mary, daughter of Abram and Nannie Jones, born in 
August, 1887; she died Nov. 24, 1936. When thirteen years old she 
was left an orphan and came to live in the home of her uncle. Geo. 
Hill of Willis. Thirty years ago she became the second wife of Bro. 
Daniel Hylton. She joined the Church of the Brethren eighteen years 
ago and remained faithful. Her seat in Pleasant Hill church was sel- 
dom vacant. Two children preceded her; she leaves four children, her 
husband and two stepchildren. Funeral in the home by Eld. A. N. 
Hylton with burial in the Keith cemetery.— Mrs. Ava M. Cannaday, 
Willis, Va. 

Kauffman, Gerald Wm., aged 21 years, died suddenly at his home in 
Waynesboro, Pa., on Dec. 6, 1936. He was the son of Wm. B. and 
Reba Bartle Kauffman. Ten years ago he accepted Christ and united 
with the Church of the Brethren. He is survived by one brother and 
three sisters. Services by Bro. Levi K. Ziegler, assisted by W. C. 
Benshoff. Interment in the cemetery at Falling Springs church— Sudie 
M. Wingert, Waynesboro, Pa. 

Kirkpatrick, Sister Cynthia, aged 81 years, died near Chambersburg, 
Pa., on Dec. 14. 1936. For many years she was a consecrated member 
of the Waynesboro Church of the Brethren. She is survived by her 
husband, Bro. Theo. Kirkpatrick, three sons and two daughters. Fu- 
neral services in Chambersburg by Eld. H. M. Stover with interment 
in Burns Hill cemetery at Waynesboro.— Sudie M. Wingert. Waynes- 
boro, Pa. 

Kuntz, Arthur Jacob, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kuntz, was born 
at Bremen, Ind., March 11, 1886. He spent his whole life in the same 
community. He died Dec. 14, 1936, at the age of 50 years. 9 months and 
3 days. He was united in marriage to Zella Dillon, to whom were 
born one son and three daughters, the son and one daughter dying in 
infancy. He united with the Church of the Brethren four years ago 
and lived a consistent Christian life since. He was quiet and unassum- 
ing, but patient, cheerful and optimistic through his long illness. lie 
leaves his devoted companion, two daughters, a foster son and daugh- 
ter, one brother and three sisters. Funeral services were conducted 
by the undersigned at the Bremen Church of the Brethren. — Charles 
C. Cripe, Argos, Ind. 

Lehman, aged 35 years, died at Phoenix, Ariz., Dec. 7, 1936. He was 
a native of Missouri but the family later went to Colorado and then 
to California where he spent the greater part of his life. He was the 
son of Decia J. and Hiram P. Lehman. He is survived by his wife. 
Clarice, seven sisters and one brother. Funeral services by Eld. John 
J. Ernst in Sacramento, Calif., with interment in East Lawn cemetery. 
— John J. Ernst, Rio Linda, Calif. 

McFarland, Sister Lydia (ClopperO, was born Dec. 7. 1860. near 
Arlington, Ohio; she died Dec. 15, 1936. She married Chas. R. Mc- 
Farland of Trotwood, Ohio, March 10. 1881; to this union were born 
four sons and one daughter. She united with the Church of the 
Brethren fifty-two years ago at Brookville, Ohio, and continued an 
active and faithful member until her Heath. She is survived by her 
husband, five children, twelve grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, 
two sisters. She died at the hospital at Tulare. Calif. Funeral serv- 
ice at Laton church by F.lmon Sutphin with interment at Oak Grove 
cemetery. — Clement L. McFarland, Orange, Calif. 

Milam, Helen, daughter of E. S. Weed, was born in the Surrey com- 
munity, Dec. 12, 1912, and died Dec. 15. 1936. She graduated from the 
State Teachers' College in Minot with a B. A. degree and taught school 
for several years. She married Paul Milam on Sept. 2, 1933. She 
united with the church in July, 1933, and had been an active and faith- 
ful member ever since. Survivors include her father, husband, daugh- 
ter, four sisters and one brother. Funeral from the Surrey church by 
Eld. D. T. Dierdorff and Mark Emswilrr. Interment in the Surrey 
cemetery. — Mrs. C. D. Lambert, Minot, N. Dak. 

Neff, Christian F., son of Samuel and Lydia Ncff. was born Feb. 13, 


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1S67, in Union Township, in the old log cabin which is still standing 
on the old homestead, this being one of the first houses built in this 
part of our country. Though Mr. Neff had not been well for four 
years his last illness was only about ten days. After several days of 
continued sleep and apparently free from pain he quietly slipped away 
on the morning of Dec. 21, 1936. A few years after his first marriage 
his companion, Minnie Smith Neff, died leaving a small daughter. 
Then in 1S95 he was united in marriage with Catherine Shively. To 
this union were born one daughter and one son. Early in their mar- 
ried life Bro. Neff and his companion united with the Church of the 
Brethren at Union Center and until the last few years of his affliction 
he was always faithful in attendance at the place of worship, and inter- 
ested in the work of the church. Surviving are the widow, two daugh- 
ters, a son, seven grandchildren, four sisters and two brothers. Fu- 
neral services in the Old Brick church (Union Center) by Eld. John D. 
Frederick and the writer. Interment in adjoining cemetery. — David 
Miller, Nappanee, Ind. 

Paul, Earl P., son of Thomas and Hannah Paul, was born Oct. 13, 
1878, in Carroll County, Ind. He first accepted Christ as his Savior 
in the Lutheran church, the faith of his parents, but later he was 
baptized and became a member of the Church of the Brethren at Pyr- 
mont, Ind. July 22, 1900, he married Miss Effie J. Neyhart; to them 
were born five children. The family moved to North Manchester in 
1923 and to Bourbon, Ind., in 1931. After months of illness he died on 
Christmas Day. Two weeks before his death he called for the anoint- 
ing and received great comfort and joy from the service. He leaves 
his wife, one daughter, three sons, three grandchildren and three broth- 
ers. Funeral service in Bourbon by the writer and at North Man- 
chester by H. L. Hartsough, assisted by the writer. Interment in West 
Manchester cemetery. — N. H. Miller, Bourbon, Ind. 

Plum, Mrs. Grace, nee Buskol, daughter of Hiram and Jennie Bus- 
kol, was born in Germany, Oct. 3, 1854, and died at her home in Mt. 
Morris, 111., Dec. 21, 1936. She came to America at an early age, lo- 
cating with the family first at Shannon then at Forreston, 111. She was 
united in marriage to Daniel Plum Dec. 12, 1872. Into this home six 
children were born, all living. They united with the church at West 
Branch about the time they were married, to which she had been 
faithful. Funeral at the church by the undersigned with interment at 
Oakwood. — F. E. McCune, Kitchel, Ind. 

Van Dyke, Fannie May, daughter of Benj. and Mary Stouffer, was 
born at Mt. Morris, 111., April 11, 1866, and died at her home in Abi- 
lene, Kans., Dec. 10, 1936. Dec. 7, 1892, she married Wm. J. Van Dyke 
who survives with three sons, three daughters, seven grandchildren, 
one great-grandchild, three brothers and four sisters. At the age of 
sixteen she was baptized and united with the Church of the Brethren at 
Mt. Morris, 111., remaining a member of this body until death. Fu- 
neral services in the Abilene Brethren in Christ church by W. A. 
Kinzie, assisted by C. A. Shank and Joel Carlson. Burial in Abilene 
cemetery. — Wm. J. Van Dyke, Abilene, Kans. 

Zeigler, Bro. Eno H., was born Sept. 17, 1862, in Pennsylvania, and 
died Oct. 9, 1936, at Denton, Md., where he had lived for the last 
twenty-six years, spending the last four winters in Florida. For a few 
years the family lived in Kansas. Bro. Zeigler united with the Church 
of the Brethren when a young man and lived faithful until death. He 
married Martha Detwiler of Ridgely, Md., Dec. 6, 1885. To this union 
were born six children; surviving are his wife, one daughter, two sons, 
several grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral serv- 
ices in the Denton church by Eld. Wm. Wine, assisted by Brethren 
J. W. Krabill and N. A. Seese. Interment in Denton cemetery. — Mrs. 
C. A. Pentz, Denton, Md. 



Chico church held its love feast Nov. 20. Regular council was held 
Dec. 4. Our pastor asked that all members co-operate in giving him 
their names and addresses in order that the membership list may be 
revised. It was voted to observe the preaching mission Dec 8-13. A 
canvass was to be made of the community around the church. The 
theme of the preaching mission was The Six Steps to the Kingdom, 
the pastor bringing the messages. There were four confessions. A 
large group of our young people attended the B. Y. P. D. meeting at 
Codora Dec. 6. The main assembly room of the church has been re- 
decorated, all the labor being donated by the members. The Ladies' 
Aid bought new curtains for the rostrum. Dec. 20 a church wedding 
was held at the close of the evening service when Miss Eloise Lands- 
dale became the bride of Galen Wright— Helen Wright, Chico Calif., 
Dec. 28. 

Live Oak.— The play, Perfect Peace, was given Sunday night, Dec. 
13, and a collection taken for home missions. The Christmas program, 
The Sign of Peace, was presented on Dec. 20. Our Sunday school is 
making definite progress under the leadership of Chris Bergtholdt. 
The school made several worth-while Christmas gifts, one being to a 
young girl confined in the hospital.— Albert Crites, Live Oak, Calif. 
Dec. 23. 

Reedley church met in council on Dec. 14 and elected officers for the 
coming year. Anna Furnas was chosen clerk; Mrs. Frank Fike, Mes- 
senger agent; Mrs. D. F. Sink, correspondent. We have installed an 
oil burner heating system in our basement. A Christmas program 
wag given by the children and young people on Sunday evening Dec. 
20-Nelle B. Furnas, Reedley, Calif. Dec. 26. 


Tampa. — Dec. 6 an interested missionary program was given by the 
women of the church, assisted by a number of the young people. An 
offering was received for the project. The members of the Dorcas 
Circle have been working very hard, preparing for the Christmas 
bazaar held Dec. 12, and selling articles from house to house. Dec. 20 
was marked by special services morning and evening. The morning 
worship consisted of songs, appropriate scripture, story and prayer, 
conducted by the children's department. This service was followed by 
a Christmas sermon by the pastor. In the evening the older group of 
young people rendered a cantata of the Christmas story and the 
younger group gave the play, The Street of Hearts. In addition to the 
regular Christmas treat furnished by the school, five juniors and inter- 
mediates received Bibles in recognition of achievement in memory 
work and faithful attendance at all regular services. We have with 
us a number of winter visitors from Ohio who take active part in the 
work and whose presence is much appreciated. — Sarah H. Lauver, 
Tampa, Fla., Dec. 28. 


Franklin Grove. — In October our pastor and wife held a revival meet- 
ing in Iowa. In his absence the pulpit was filled by the home minis- 
ters. On Oct. 9 a group of our ladies spent the day in the Dixon church 

where the sisters of the district were meeting in the interest of Wom- 
en's Work. Communion services were held on Sunday evening, Oct. 
18. The church feels ve,ry keenly the passing of Bro. Ira Trostle, one 
of our deacons. On Sunday evening, Nov. 1, during the B. Y. P. D. 
and adult C. W. hour a missionary program was given. We have 
been having these meetings once a month since early fall and they are 
proving to be very interesting and helpful. Sunday afternoon and eve- 
ning of Nov. 15 the district young people's rally was held in our church. 
In the evening the Polo group presented a peace play. Nov. 25 the 
church members and friends met for a supper and program. A thank 
offering was given for district mission work. Sunday evening, Nov. 29, 
the choir sang over station WROK at 5:30 and later in the evening 
gave a musical program in the Freeport church. One outstanding day 
in our church is the annual mite box opening which is in charge of the 
Women's Work. The date this year was Dec. 9. We invited the men 
and school children to eat dinner with us. In the afternoon we enjoyed 
a splendid program. The mite boxes which had been handed out a 
year ago were brought in and opened. The amount was about $37, 
including an offering the men took up that afternoon among them- 
selves. Dec. 21 at the council meeting church officers were elected 
for the year. The finance board presented the budget for the new year 
which was accepted. The secretary of the official board gave a report 
of their last meeting with several recommendations wHiich were voted 
on by the church and accepted. On Dec. 20 a Christmas program was 
given in our church. Evangelistic meetings will begin Feb. 1 with Bro. 
Rufus Bucher, speaker. — Margaret Lehman Hicks, Franklin Grove, 
111., Dec. 26. 

Milledgeville. — At the business meeting in August, the church pro- 
gram was presented and accepted and church officers selected for the 
year beginning Sept. 1. Bro. I. D. Leatherman of Lanark was chosen 
elder in the place of Bro. P. F. Eckerle who asked to be relieved of 
that responsibility. Dr. W. S. Bell continues as pastor; the writer 
is church correspondent. The Brethren in town were unfortunate in 
the loss of their church building by fire on Sunday morning, Nov. 15, 
the day they had set apart for their homecoming and communion. At 
present they are holding their Sunday school and Sunday morning 
church services in the public library, and in the evening we have our 
services together in the country. They plan to rebuild in the spring. 
We held our Thanksgiving services Sunday morning, Nov. 29, with 
basket dinner at noon and a program by the two churches in the 
afternoon. Sunday morning, Dec. 20, we had our Christmas exercises 
and white gift service and in the evening a combined program and 
play, When Christmas Comes, by the young people of the two Breth- 
ren churches. About ninety enjoyed the father and son fellowship sup- 
' per Nov. 5. Bro. I. D. Leatherman of Lanark was guest speaker. — 
Mrs. Clara V. Fike, Milledgeville, 111., Dec. 27. 


Elkhart City. — Our revival meetings with Bro. Leo H. Miller as 
evangelist, closed Nov. 15. Twenty members were received into the 
church through baptism and two on former baptism; five have been 
received since the meetings closed. At our communion service on 
Nov. 19 there were 245 present. Since our last report fourteen have 
been received into the church by letter. Our pastor, Bro. Phillips, 
conducted devotions over radio station WTRC during the week of 
Nov. 30. The father and son banquet was held Dec. 18 with 110 in 
attendance. The speaker, Arlo Gump, from Middlebury gave a chal- 
lenging talk. The Men's Work organization is compaigning to get 
75 per cent of the church families to subscribe for the Messenger. At 
the consecration service held the morning of Dec. 22 four babies and 
parents took part. In the evening the B. Y. P. D. gave a play entitled 
White Christmas. There was also a white gift service and a dedication 
service for all members. — Theodore Fish, Elkhart, Ind., Dec. 29. 

Indianapolis. — The Grace church is very happy to report that Bro. 
Clinton I. Weber of Bethany Biblical Seminary has come to us as 
pastor. A reception for the new pastor and his family was held on 
Sept. 5. ■ Bro. Weber is taking an active part in the work of the 
church in co-operation with the local church federation. Our congrega- 
tion took part in the recent National Preaching Mission, having an 
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November. Our congregation also participated in a union Thanksgiv- 
ing service with eight other north side churches. Bro. Weber has also 
been elected to the program committtee of the state pastors' confer- 
ence for 1937. The church choir, reorganized under the direction of 
Mrs. Margaret Weber, our minister of music, is donig splendid work 
and has been giving inspiring special numbers at the various church 
services. They gave special attention to Christmas music throughout 
the month of December and gave a pageant, The Christmas Miracle, 
on the evening of Dec. 20. At a recent council meeting the following 
officers were elected for the year: Bro. Frank E. Hay, elder; Vernon 
Fairburn, treasurer; Dwight Hoard, financial secretary; Rowena L. 
Harrison, clerk; Raphael Wolfe, Sunday-school superintendent. — 
Rowena L. Harrison, Indianapolis, Ind., Dec. 26. 

Manchester. — Some of the things worthy of mention during the last 
quarter of the year 1936 are as follows: "Old People's Day," a day in 
honor of the aged of the church. Those seventy years old or over 
were invited to be guests at the noonday meal at the church, after 
the morning services. Rally day was another special day of attempt to 
get everybody out to Sunday school and church. A district preaching 
mission or institute was held Nov. 9, at which Brethren A. D. Helser, 
H. Stover Kultp, C. D. Bonsack and D. D. Funderburg were the 
speakers. On Sunday evening, Nov. IS, nearly four hundred partook of 
the Lord's supper at the semiannual love feast. Four counties joined 
in a preaching mission at the college Nov. 22 and 23. This proved a 
great blessing to those in attendance. Nov. 24 to 29 evangelistic meet- 
ings and a Thanksgiving sermon by Bro. J. O. Winger. The missionary 
offering on Thanksgiving Day was $290 and as a result of the white 
gift offering the mission board was sent a check for $1,000. May the 
Lord bless both the gifts and those who gave. The Christmas story 
this year was given in dramatized cantata by a large cast of singers 
of the church to a well-filled house. — L. D. Wright, North Manchester, 
Ind., Dec. 28. 

Markle church met in council Dec. 18 when church officers were 
elected for the coming year: Elder, D. W. Paul; treasurer, Dan Heas- 
ton; clerk, Muriel Freds. One letter of membership was granted and 
four were received. Our love feast was held Nov. 7 with a goodly 
number present, including several ministering brethren. Bro. I. B. 
Wike officiated. Our revival meetings began Nov. 16 and closed Nov. 
29 with Bro. Robert Sink of Bringhurst, Ind., evangelist. He brought 
us fifteen fine sermons and the result was ten baptized at the close of 
the meeting and three since. Dec. 20 the primary department ren- 
dered a short program and the church choir a number of Christmas 
hymns. Afterward the children received a treat and an exchange of 
gifts and the pastor received a donation from the church as a token 
of appreciation of the good work he and his wife are doing. The Aid 
Society sent a box of clothing for Christmas to Hastings Street mis- 
sion in Chicago. The young people of the church visited quite a 
number of homes and sang carols on Christmas Eve which was much 
enjoyed by all. — Flora E. Funderburg, Huntington, Ind., Dec. 30. 

New Salem church just closed a successful revival meeting con- 
ducted by Bro. John Fidler of Brookville, Ohio. He preached strong 
gospel sermons and we were all strengthened in the Christian faith. 
During the two weeks nearly every home in the community was vis- 
ited by the evangelist and our pastor, Bro. Howard Kreider. As a 
result of the meeting seven accepted Christ and were baptized. The 
play entitled The Christmas Shadow, will be given by the young peo- 
ple's class. Our offering for world-wide missions was $40.45. — Mrs. 
Ruth De Fries, Milford, Ind., Dec. 28. 

West Goshen. — In preparation for the coming revival meeting the 
church engaged in four nights of special prayer meetings beginning 
Nov. 18. Then on Nov. 23 Bro. M. J. Brougher of Greensburg, Pa., 
came to assist in a revival meeting. He delivered sixteen messages. 
Sister Naomi Kurtz led the song services. As a direct result sixteen 
have been received into the fold by baptism and we feel all who heard 
Bro. Brougher's messages have been inspired to a higher standard 
of Christian living. On Sunday morning, Dec. 20, Bro. M. D. Stuts- 
man delivered an inspiring Christmas message, and in the evening the 
junior department gave a splendid program. The Sunday school re- 
membered many in the community at this season; thirteen homes were 
given groceries, thirty-two aged and shut-ins were remembered with 
gift boxes, besides clothing and bedding to others.— Mrs. Clayton 
Ganger, Goshen, Ind., Dec. 26. 


Des Moines Valley.— Dec. 6 Bro. Ralph Petry of Cando, N. Dak., 
closed a week's preaching mission with good attendance, and we feel 
we were greatly strengthened by his messages. There was special 
music each evening. The pastor and Bro. Petry made fifty personal 
calls. Nov. 18 was our father and son banquet. Dec. 20 in the evening 
we enjoyed a Christmas program by the children and pageant, Christ- 
mas Spirit, given by the young people and Builders' class. There were 
consecration services for Cradle Roll babies on Sunday. The congre- 
gation presented our pastor, Bro. Paul Wingerd, and wife with a radio 
for their Christmas gift. The young people in a group sang carols to 
our shut-ins and aged ones on Christmas Eve; later they returned to 
the church for an oyster supper.— Mrs. R. A. Kinzie, Ankeny, Iowa, 
Dec. 30. 

Greene church enjoyed a birthday supper on Nov. 6, the proceeds be- 
ing given to the repair fund of the 'church. Each table contributed to 
the program. Dec. 8 representatives were here in the interests of 
McPherson; they presented the needs of the college in slides and talks. 
Clara Swab, Messenger agent, sponsored Messenger Sunday on Dec. 13. 
A basket dinner was served and in the afternoon testimonials were 

given concerning the Messenger. Following this program, enough fam- 
ilies subscribed to get the club rate again this year. The children and 
young people of the Sunday school presented a program Christmas Eve. 
The juniors and intermediates gave the play, Ourselves and Others, and 
the young people gave The Christmas Voice. — Mrs. Beulah McRoberts, 
Greene, Iowa, Dec. 29. 

Union Ridge church met in council Dec. 11. Bro. Earl Frantz was 
re-elected elder in charge for another year. Mrs. Ezra Burn was 
chosen church correspondent. The ministerial board was authorized 
to secure an evangelist for the coming year. Oct. 18 our church ac- 
cepted the invitation to participate in the sixty-third anniversary cel- 
ebration of the Greene church. Oct. 25 the young people presented a 
temperance play that held the interest of all. Our Thanksgiving serv- 
ice was observed on Sunday evening, Nov. 22, with a program by the 
young people and adult divisions. An offering was taken for home 
missions. The parsonage was painted this fall, this being sponsored 
by the Home Builders' class. Bro. Davis from McPherson College and 
Bro. Williams of Plattsburg, Mo., were here recently in the interest of 
the college. — Mrs. E. E. Jarboe, Hampton, Iowa, Dec. 31. 


Monitor.— Oct. 11 Bro. H. L. Ruthrauff of Hutchinson began a series 
of meetings which continued two weeks. During this time he and our 
pastor, Galen Ogden, drove 500 miles doing personal work. As a result 
eleven were baptized and the whole church was encouraged to do more 
faithful service for the Master. Nov. 27 our church enjoyed a social 
at which time we gave a food shower to our faithful pastor and wife. 
Dec. 8 our church convened in business meeting and officers were 
elected for the following year. J. J. Yoder was chosen elder. Through 
the budget, which was approved, we arranged for each family to get 
our church paper, The Gospel Messenger. In the last year we have 
redecorated our church auditorium, all Sunday-school rooms and base- 
ment; we will also plant trees on our church lawn and paint the par- 
sonage the coming year. Our C. W. band is now making a study of the 
Book of Genesis. On Dec. 27 the young people of Windom came to us 
in a group and discussed the topic, What Will We Do With the Year 
1937? Dec. 20 the pantomime, Door of the Inn, was presented by about 
twenty of the young people; this was impressive and appreciated by a 
large audience. — Mrs. E. L. Crumpacker, McPherson, Kans., Dec. 30. 

Quinter.— Dec. 12 the council meeting convened for the re-election of 
officers, both church and Sunday-school. Most of the church officers 
were retained for another year, except our Messenger agent: Dorothy 
Williams having moved away, J. F. Blickenstaff has been appointed 
instead. The special drive for finances made recently met with good 
results. Sister Ida Hoover was elected correspondent. The Sunday- 
school superintendent is Milford Porter; assistant, Norman Flora. We 
expect to have a series of meetings in the near future, providing we 
can secure an evangelist. Bro. Crist resigned as pastor for various 
reasons; he rather feels that the church needs a younger man. — Mary 
M. Bishop, Quinter, Kans., Dec. 26. 

White Rock church met in council Oct. 16. The following officers 
were elected: Elder, W. W. Gish; moderator, Bro. O. S. Switzer; clerk, 
Mrs. Viola Ross; treasurer, Mrs. Dorothy Ferguson; Messenger agent, 
G. E. Switzer. We would like to hear of a minister wanting a new 
location this fall, as we are interested in securing some one. — G. E. 
Switzer, Webber, Kans., Dec. 28. 


Cumberland. — Quite a few events of importance have transpired since 
our last report. On Oct. 18 we had a rededication of the junior as- 
sembly room which had been made over and refurnished by the junior 
department. Oct. 14, the anniversary of the Sunday-school organiza- 
tion, Bro. DeWitt Miller of Bridgewater, Va., was guest minister. 
Nov. 1 the children's division gave a musical. Nov. 29 Bro. DeWitt 
Miller started a two weeks' revival service, closing on Dec. 13 with the 
love feast and communion. Thirty-two were added to the church, 
twenty-four received on recognition of former triune immersion and 
eight were received by baptism. Nov. 13 the combined adult Bible 
classes were guests at the home of the pastor, Bro. W. J. Hamilton 
at Rockwood, Pa. Fifty-one were present. Dec. 20 the adult and 
young people's department rendered a pageant drama entitled The 
Other Jesus, to a capacity house, with a repeat performance asked for 
on Jan. 3. The Sunday school is increasing in numbers and a greater 
spirit seems to prevail than ever with great hopes for the future under 
the excellent guidance of our able pastor. — C. L. Snocbcrger, Cumber- 
land, Md., Dec. 30. 

Union Bridge. — On Nov. 16 Bro. E. C. Woodic, pastor of Beaver Creek 
congregation, began a series of meetings at this pla< and preached 
seventeen stirring sermons, besides doing much visiting throughout the 
congregation. As a direct result of his preaching nine united with 
the church — six Sunday-school boys and three ailults. One is an 
aged father nearing eighty years for whom we have been laying for 
many years. Previous to our revival three Sunday-school scholars 
were baptized. At the union Thanksgiving service Bro. Woodie 
preached; the offering of the day was given to the Red Cross. Our 
people have responded well in subscribing for the Messenger. Die. 24 
our Christmas program was given to a fair audience.— Cora L. Black, 
Union Bridge, Md., Dec. 28. 


Shclton. — Two new members have been added to the church. The 
church has been painted and wired. Dec. 20 the members met in 


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council for the annual election of officers. The following were re- 
elected: N. C. Reed, elder and pastor; Mary Lee Durham, church cor- 
respondent. The following are new: Ray Reed, Sunday-school super- 
intendent; Joe Durham, assistant; Virginia Kirkman, Messenger 
agent. Joe Hawks, Howard Hiatt, Ralph East and Ambrose Watson 
were recommended for deacons and the charge will be given at some 
later date. — Mary Lee Durham, Mount Airy, N. C, Dec. 26. 


Carrington. — Bro. C. D. Bonsack preached a very fine sermon for 
us on the morning of Oct. 18. In the evening he showed moving pic- 
tures of the mission work in India. The men of the church organized 
as a group last fall, with J. W. Wampler, president. The Ladies' Aid 
reorganized with Mrs. David Graham, president. After Brother and 
Sister Edgar Martin went back to school, their garden was given to 
the juniors for their project; they also had two candy sales. The 
B. Y. P. D. sold Christmas cards and with the profits bought new 
hymnals for the church. The church was papered and redecorated last 
fall, these various organizations helping out financially. A union 
Thanksgiving service was held at the Brethren church with Rev. 
Hooke of the Methodist church officiating. A Christmas program was 
given on Dec. 20. The intermediate class gave their candy money to the 
orphans' home at Fargo. The B. Y. P. D. has a service every other 
Sunday at church and the evening service on alternate Sundays is con- 
ducted in the homes. Seventy-five per cent of the resident families are 
subscribing for the Messenger. — Mrs. Walter McKee, Carrington, N. 
Dak.. Dec. 26. 


Black Swamp church held their regular council Dec. 17. We decided 
to have a revival in the near future if a speaker can be secured. We 
also decided to have a school of Christian missions beginning Jan. 3. 
We chose Sister Sarah Baker for our leader in prayer meeting. Dec. 23 
a Christmas program was rendered, mostly by the primary classes. 
Dec. 27 at Sunday school 106 were present; the offering was $10.06. 
Our school has had good attendance the entire year. After Sunday 
school our pastor, Bro. Garner, took for his text Amos 4: 12: "Prepare 
to meet thy God, O Israel," from which he gave an excellent sermon. 
At the B. Y. P. D. service, Bro. Musselman and Bro. Guthrie of the 
ministerial board being present, one of their number, Bro. Chester Her- 
rington, was chosen for the ministry. — Mrs. Asenath Baker, Lemoyne, 
Ohio, Dec. 28. 

Brookville church enjoyed a Thanksgiving sermon delivered by Bro. 
J. W. Fidler. Dec. 2 we met in members' meeting with Eld. Sylvan 
Bookwalter presiding. Our two weeks' revival meeting began Dec. 7, 
conducted by Chester A. Petry of Akron, Ohio. His messages were 
based upon the sound doctrine of God's Word. Members were strength- 
ened and encouraged to press onward; eleven accepted Christ. One 
aged mother ninety-three years of age was baptized in the home where 
she is being cared for. The Ladies' Aid is busy and doing good work 
by remembering the sick and needy. Just recently they decided to 
keep an orphan in school one year in Africa. Christmas Eve a white 
gift program was given by the children. — Ida E. Ullery, Brookville, 
Ohio, Dec. 28. 

East Dayton. — Aug. 24 the Bethany male quartet gave us their last 
program of the season. Sept. 20 we had rally day and homecoming. 
Goldie Killian preached in the morning, John Woodhouse in the after- 
noon and our pastor in the evening. Our Sunday-school attendance 
improved in 1936, the average being 201 for the year. Oct. 3 we had 
a very pretty wedding at the church, that of Bro. Kempster Smart and 
Sister Evelyn Heisey. Dec. 1 at the council meeting Bro. Hugh Clop- 
pert was re-elected elder for two years. Bro. Henry Barnhart was 
elected to the ministry and Sister Ethel McGown was chosen church 
correspondent. Dec. 3 our Dorcas Society met at the home of Sister 
Treva Landis for the election of officers for the coming year. Sister 
Anna Coppick was elected president of our group, with directors for 
the other five divisions. Bro. D. R. McFadden was with us in a revival 
meeting Dec. 7 to 20. Attendance and interest were good and the 
messages powerful. Nine came out on the Lord's side for baptism; 
three were baptized previous to the revival. Our love feast was held 
on Dec. 26.— Mrs. Hugh Cloppert, Dayton, Ohio, Dec. 30. 

Hartville.— A feast of good things was in store for all those who 
worshiped in this church on Sunday, Oct. 4. The Sunday-school hour 
was followed by a program given by the various classes and church 
organizations and a consecration service for babies. At noon a fellow- 
ship dinner was enjoyed. In the afternoon and evening there was a 
full program and a fine spirit of Christian fellowship characterized the 
entire day. From Oct. 11 to 25 our pastor conducted a revival at the 
Poplar Ridge church. During his absence the pulpit was supplied by 
Dr. Elmer Brumbaugh on Oct. 18 and by Virgil C. Finnell on Oct. 25. 
Nov. 8 a community union service was held at the Lutheran church, 
the occasion being the local Prince of Peace contest, under the super- 
vision of the Ohio council of churches. The winner of this contest was 
Lela Ruth Young, one of our number. Our local church was engaged 
in the preaching mission Nov. 17-22. Each evening the pulpit was 
supplied with a different speaker and the church enjoyed a season of re- 
freshing from the Lord. Our local peace committee sponsored a pro- 
gram Sunday evening, Nov. IS. Union services were held Thanks- 
giving morning in the Lutheran church with the pastor of the Re- 
formed church giving the message. A number of our Sunday-school 
workers attended the group institute at the Maple Avenue church in 
Canton on Nov. 14. Our communion service was held Sunday eve- 
ning, Nov. 29. The Manchester College male quar'.et gave us a fine 
program of sacred music on Dec. 4. Dec. 6 the missionary committee 

sponsored a play, Christ in America. Dec. 13 Bro. Mulligan and fam- 
ily were presented a new Chevrolet town sedan by the members and 
friends of the church. Dec. 20 the children's departments of the Sun- 
day school presented their Christmas program and Bobby Mulligan 
presented the church new offering plates which were made by Mrs. 
Mulligan. The evening of Dec. 22 the young people's class gave a 
pageant entitled Good Will to Men. The Women's Work organization 
is meeting once a month to study Congo Crosses. — Ethel Stickler, Hart- 
ville, Ohio, Dec. 26. 

Pitsburg church convened in a business meeting Nov. 21 at which 
time officers were chosen to carry on the different activities of the 
church. Our presiding elder, Bro. Chas. L. Flory, has resigned the 
oversight of the church in order to be more actively engaged in evan- 
gelistic work. Bro. G. O. Stutsman was chosen to serve us as elder 
for the coming year. The work is moving along in a splendid way 
with the co-operation of our new pastor and wife, Brother and Sister 
Roy K. Miller. Their kindly ministrations are appreciated in the 
homes of the members, the surrounding community and the school. 
On Nov. 22 a splendid program was rendered by the fathers and sons 
of our congregation at the morning service hour. The mothers and 
daughters' association is planning to reorganize the first of the year. 
Talent is being developed by both mothers and daughters which is 
much appreciated, and the social side as well is enjoyed. On Dec. 20 
the primaries, juniors and intermediates gave a Christmas program in 
the morning. In the evening our mixed chorus rendered a cantata, 
The Music of Bethlehem, directed by Bro. Roy K. Miller. We are 
looking forward to entertaining the Southern Ohio district meeting. — 
Mrs. J. W. Eikenberry, Arcanum, Ohio, Dec. 26. 

Salem. — We closed the Sunday-school year Oct. 1 with an enrollment 
of 318 and average attendance of 266; 92 had perfect attendance and 
eight of these had perfect attendance for eleven years. This is the 
fiftieth anniversary of the Sunday-school work at this place and this 
will be our golden jubilee year. Bro. Paul Kinsel and Paul Noffsinger 
were with us in the morning service Oct. 11 and Nov. 22. On Sun- 
day evening, Oct. 25, Bro. Homer Bright and wife, missionaries on 
furlough from China, gave us an interesting lecture with slides. Nov. 1 
Dr. Cosner from Dayton gave us a helpful message on the liquor prob- 
lem, putting the facts before us as they really are. We enoyed a 
spiritual love feast on Nov. 14, Bro. Russell Wenger from North Man- 
chester, Ind., officiating. Sunday morning following, we were very 
happy to have with us Sister Minnie Bright and Bro. Russell Wenger. 
The former gave an interesting talk to children and the latter gave a 
wonderful address on Peace. We met in council Nov. 27 at which time 
church officers were elected for the coming year with Sylvan Book- 
waiter, presiding elder. Recently the young people rendered a pro- 
gram at the Old Folks' Home in Greenville. The Women's Work of 
the Salem church has been active in the past year. At the December 
meeting forty were present; $142 was reported in the treasury. Officers 
were elected for the year with Mrs. Delia Fox, president. Dec. 8 the 
daughters of the church entertained the mothers at a Christmas party. 
Refreshments were served and gifts exchanged; seventy were pres- 
ent. Sister Minnie Bright talked on Christmas in China. — Naomi Si- 
bert, Union, Ohio, Dec. 17. 


Oklahoma City. — A-t a special dedication service on Dec. 20 this 
church was presented with fifty new hymnals. The books were sold to 
members and friends of the church who in turn presented them to the 
church. We are very grateful for this gift. At the evening service of 
the same day our Christmas program was given by the newly organ- 
ized choir under the capable direction of our pastor's wife, Mrs. Ora 
Huston, and Mrs. R. P. Miller. A cantata, The Lost Star, was given. 
The Ladies' Aid has had a most successful year. Twenty meetings 
were held with an average attendance of ten. The financial program 
has been quite outstanding. A total of $301.31 has been received; 
expenditures, $305.42. This included papering and painting of the par- 
sonage, buying a piano for the church and a list of smaller items. The 
missionary activities of the Aid were not neglected however; the 
women made 105 sick calls and remembered both the sick and bereaved 
with gifts and flowers.— Mrs. Alfred Huffman, Oklahoma City, Okla.. 
Dec. 26. 


Connellsville church has had some unique experiences during the past 
six months. It was on July 27, 5:30 in the evening, that probably the 
worst electric storm ever to pass through Fayette County struck our 
city, causing almost unestimable damage to rural and city structures, 
orchards, and crops. Our church building suffered to the extent of 
about $2,200. On the pastor's return from Camp Harmony where he 
had been as dean of the junior boys' camp, arrangements were made 
to remove the debris, and secure estimates of damage upon which the 
official board and trustees could base their claim to the insurance 
companies for settlement. We received $1,399.68 insurance. The con- 
tract was let and work begun immediately on rebuilding which was 
completed in eleven weeks. During this time we worshiped in Trinity 
Reformed church at 8: 00 o'clock in the morning. Oct. 11 we again 
assembled in our church, observing rally clay. From Oct. 14-18 we 
held rededication services, the speakers being Judge J. W. Dawson, 
president of the Fayette County Sunday School Association, Eld. C. C. 
Sollenberger of Uniontown, Rev. L. S. Elliott, president of the Con- 
nellsville ministerial association, and on Sunday, the 18th, Bro. Galen 
B. Royer of Huntingdon delivered two masterful sermons and assisted 
us in raising sufficient funds to complete payment on the $2,200 debt 
incurred by rebuilding. Oct. 25 we were glad to have Sister Olive 

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Widdowson with us in the morning service. Nov. 1 we held our semi- 
annual love feast and communion. We were represented at practi- 
cally all of the summer camps at Camp Harmony, also by delegates 
at the Sunday-school convention at Somerset in August and the dis- 
trict meeting at Uniontown in October. Our pastor, Bro. Shober, held 
two evangelistic meetings this fall — one at the Bethel church, Rockton 
congregation, and the other at Westernport, Md. During his absence 
the home services were conducted by Bro. Geo. Wright of Uniontown 
and Miss Josephine Kriz, superintendent of the Coke Missions of Fay- 
ette County, also by the men's Bible class and the B. Y. P. D. From 
Oct. 17-22 we observed the National Preaching Mission Week with 
services each night. Bro. W. K. Kulp of Mount Pleasant assisted 
our pastor by preaching two nights. Each night there was also a ten- 
minute talk by a layman representing either the men, women, young 
people, Sunday school or church, in telling what preaching means to 
each particular group. This proved to be an interesting feature. Our 
men's chorus, directed by Harry Lewellyn, assisted greatly in the 
music. Dec. 1 the Uniontown B. Y. P. D. was guest of our B. Y. 
P. D. in the annual fellowship banquet. Sixty-four young people and 
leaders were present. Hiram Lepley, president of the local organiza- 
tion, was master of ceremonies. — Mrs. Olive M. Lepley, Connellsville, 
Pa., Dec. 17. 

Hanover. — At our council on Oct. 30 Bro. E. E. Baugher and Claude 
Miller were retained as Sunday-school superintendents. Delegates to 
district meeting were J. M. Stauffer and the writer. Oct. 7 Brother 
and Sister Stover Kulp of Africa brought an interesting message. Oct. 
18 L. Elmer Leas of York, besides officiating at our love feast, preached 
the examination sermon in the morning and a doctrinal one in the 
afternoon. A larger number of communicants attended than for some 
time. Brethren Jas. Sellers and Wm. E. Roop were guest ministers. 
Oct. 25 the B. Y. P. D. of the eastern zone, Southern District of Penn- 
sylvania, held their fourth rally here. The attendance and interest were 
good. Bro. Dan West brought timely messages at both morning and 
afternoon sessions of vital interest to young people. Special music was 
furnished by the York male chorus and the Shearer sisters of the 
Codorus congregation. On the evening of Oct. 29 the B. Y. P. D. spon- 
sored a program. Wm. E. Roop of Westminster, Md., gave some of 
his impressions of the Holy Land. The chorus and male quartet sang. 
A program was arranged by the teachers of the Sunday school and 
given on Christmas evening. The missionary committee is again striv- 
ing to place the Messenger into 75 per cent of our Brethren homes- 
It is our yearly custom to contribute food stuffs for the Carlisle Chil- 
dren's Home. Recently the child rescue committee made a collection 
of food which was delivered to the Home through the courtesy of Bro. 
Horace Walker.— A. P. Hetrick, Hanover, Pa., Dec. 30. 

Harrisburg. — Sept. 13 an offering of $24.22 was received for Bethany 
Biblical Seminary. Sept. 27 Sister Mary Carson spoke to us concern- 

ing the World Sunday School Convention at Oslo and of her travels in 
Palestine and Egypt. Sister Sally Schaffner reported $11 for the Neffs- 
ville Orphanage. The money is raised by the children's birthday of- 
ferings. Sept. 28 to Oct. 22 our pastor, J. E. Whitacre, conducted evan- 
gelistic services in New Paris and the Pine Creek churches, Ind. The 
pulpit was filled in his absence as follows: Oct. 4 Bro. J. Irvin Thom- 
as, Smithsburg, Md, and Bro. H. J. Beachley; Oct. 11, our rally day, 
Bro. Rufus Bucher, Quarryville Pa., and Bro. G. N. Falkcn stein. Oct. 
18 we conducted a one-day Bible institute with the local brethren in 
charge. Bro. H. J. Beachley spoke on The Church and Its Purpose; 
Bro. H. K. Balsbaugh on Baptism as Taught in the Bible; Bro. R. R. 
Baugher on Feet Washing, the Lord's Supper and Holy Communion. 
An offering of $8.56 was lifted for Elizabethtown College. Oct. 25 Bro. 
G. N. Falkenstein officiated at our love feast and communion. Nov. 8 
four of our teachers enrolled in the Harrisburg leadership training 
school. Nov. 27 the Ladies' Aid from Palmyra presented a program. 
The Twelve Brides, at a mother and daughter meeting. Nov. 5 the 
Men's Work sponsored a father and son banquet. D. E. Hoff of our 
congregation and A. C. Baugher of Elizabethtown were the speakers 
of the evening. Nov. 9-22 we held our evangelistic services. Sister 
Long assisted in the services. Each evening she gave a short talk 
relating to India. The Word of God was presented during the two 
weeks by Bro. Long. Our congregation has been strengthened in faith 
and God has been glorified. Twenty-three have accepted Jesus Christ 
as their Savior. The Men's Work sponsored our Thanksgiving serv- 
ices. An offering of $60 was lifted for home missions. Nov. 29 the 
junior society gave a missionary program and announced that the 
money raised during the year for the junior project for India amounted 
to $14. Dec. 13 the girls' chorus of the B. Y. P. D. of the New Fairview 
congregation rendered a fine program of music. Dec. 20 the children of 
the church school presented their Christmas program. The offering 
lifted for worldwide missions was $60.32. Dec. 27 the young people of 
our church presented a fine play, Soldier of Bethlehem. Jan. 3-10 our 
local preaching mission will be held, with a different speaker in our 
church each evening. — Mrs. E. M. By rem, Harrisburg, Pa., Dec. 29. 

Mt. Olivet. — On account of our delegates not being able to attend 
district meeting, Mrs. Ada Brandt served. Our offering for home 
missions amounted to $75.68. On Nov. 8 we observed the twentieth 
anniversary of the Mt. Olivet congregation. Bro. H. M. Stover had 
charge of the Sunday school and taught the lesson as a whole. Fol- 
lowing this Bro. N. S. Sellers of Lineboro, Md., brought a stirring mes- 
sage on the Art of Christian Living. The gospel male quartet of Pal- 
myra als6 brought messages in song suitable for the occasion and full 
of inspiration. The afternoon services were in charge of Bro. J. E. 
Rowland, our presiding elder. The opening devotions were conducted 
by Eld. W. H. Miller who was the means of the work being revived. 
The services at that time were held in the schoolhouse. Bro. Miller 

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cited the changes which had taken place from the time when the work 
was first begun. Bro. E. S. Kipp gave the address of welcome and Bro. 
Ira Brandt responded. These two brethren were the first ministers to 
be installed in that office. Sister Ada Brandt and Sister J. B. Bashore 
gave the history of the church. There were only about four resident 
members due to the fact that the older ones had passed away. The 
first meetings were held in 1913 by YV. H. Miller when, ten adults 
were received by baptism. Bro. Wm. Stroup at that time offered a 
piece of ground free if the Mission Board would put up a house of 
worship, to which they agreed. Bro. J. A. Long preached the dedi- 
catory sermon Jan. 13, 1915, and on Nov. 4, 1916, the Mission Board 
decided to organize a congregation, there being twenty-six resident 
members. Bro. C. L. Baker was elected presiding elder and held that 
office until his death in 1935. The following ministers served as pas- 
tors: J. E. Rowland, C. E. Steerman, J. R. Hershman, Trostle P. Dick 
and Earl Kipp who continues to serve from the time of the beginning 
of the work until August, 1936. Eighty have been baptized. After 
this report Bro. S. C. Godfrey, secretary of the District Mission Board, 
gave us a stirring message on holding the stakes. In the evening 
Bro. C. R. Oellig, president of the Mission Board, and Bro. J. E. Trim- 
mer gave inspirational food for thought. Our prayer is that we may, 
under the influence of this meeting, go on with greater zeal to do more 
for the Master and win souls for the kingdom. On Dec. 8 Bro. J. E. 
Rowland brought a stirring message on the subject, Jesus in the Midst. 
—Mrs. Ada Brandt, Millerstown, Pa., Dec. 26. 

Rummel. — Our Sunday school observed rally day Oct. 4 with a pro- 
gram in which each class took part and our officers for this year were 
installed. In the evening our pastor, Bro. G. R. Blough, preached the 
first sermon of our evangelistic services. Bro. W. K. Kulp, pastor of 
Mt. Joy and Mt. Pleasant churches, came in our midst and preached 
each night for two weeks, closing with the love feast Oct. 18. Bro. 
Kulp presented the truths of the Bible in a helpful and inspiring way 
and as a direct result three were baptized and the church was strength- 
ened and encouraged. Sunday morning, Oct. 25, a group of volunteers 
of Juniata College gave a brief account of their activities and also a 
helpful program. At the evening service Nov. 15 the children brought 
their money for the junior missionary project and Sister Olive Wid- 
dowson showed slides of the India mission field and gave the message. 
At our Thanksgiving service Nov. 25 Bro. C. S. Knavel and Bro. Jas. 
Murphy, local ministers, and our pastor gave short talks; an offering 
for the Old Folks' Home was lifted. Dec. 3 the women's council spon- 
sored a temperance program. Sister E. M. Hertzler, district peace and 
temperance director spoke on the subject, Educating Our Children to 
Meet Present Day Temptation. Special music and reading by the lo- 
cal group were also a part of the program. Bro. Wm. Kinsey gave an 
interesting chalk talk Dec. 8. We had a unified service on Sunday 
morning, Dec. 20, preaching first, closing with Sunday school. In the 
evening the young people's chorus of Berkey church, with Bro. Mil- 
lard Weaver as director, presented a songalog. Our Christmas pro- 
gram was given on Dec. 22 and an offering of over $60 was given to- 
ward our church's share of the support of Sister Anna Blough of India. 
There was also a Christmas gift offering for a brother and wife, the 
former being ill for a long time.— Mrs. Chas. Statler, Windber, Pa., 
Dec. 28. 

Schuylkill. — Nov. 15 Bro. Ammon Meyer preached the morning ser- 
mon for us. Bro. Aaron Heisey gave us a splendid Thanksgiving ser- 
mon in the evening. Nov. 29 Bro. Henry Frantz had a singing class— 
a reunion of the three classes held in the Schuylkill church the last 
twenty-five years. Various songs were sung in chorus form, mixed 
quartet, etc. Dec. 6 Bro. Lester Bucher preached for us. Dec. 12 and 
3 Bro. Schlosser held a four-session Bible institute. His talks were 
interesting and the meetings well attended. Prayer meeting has been 
placed in the homes for the winter. Two deacons have been elected: 
Brethren Geo. Lehman and Harold Binkley — Mrs. Arnold Zechman, 
Pine Grove, Pa., Dec. 26. 

Spring Creek. — Our Sunday school made it possible for eight of our 
young people to attend Camp Conewago at Elizabethtown College dur- 
ing the summer months. Our vesper services were held in the church 
grove during July and August, with speakers from the surrounding 
churches, bringing the messages in sermon and song. Our harvest 
services were held Sept. 27 with our pastor, Bro. B. F. Waltz, 
bringing the message. Our installation services for Sunday-school 
officers and teachers for the coming year were held on Oct. 4, Bro. 
Ammon Merkey from Fredericksburg preaching the rally day ser- 
mon. In the afternoon and evening of Oct. 10 we held our love feast 
with Bro. Rufus Bucher of Quarryville officiating. Our evangelistic 
meetings started Oct. 13 with Bro. M. J. Brougher as the evangelist. 
Bro. Brougher preached strong sermons every night and visited in all 
the homes during th<; day. Eleven accepted Christ during the meet- 
ings. Three had given their hearts to the Lord before the meetings. 
Newly elected officers for the B. Y. P. D. for the coming year are 
Sister Hannah Eby and Bro. Chester Ebersole. Jan. 1 a study group 
will be organized by the young people to study peace. Bro. Ellwood 
Lantz from Elizabethtown College will be the instructor. The Har- 
mony Sisters of Lancaster rendered a program in song at the church 
on Dec. 7, sponsored by the King's Daughters class. The women of 
the church have organized a Women's Work group to study the book, 
"Congo Crosses," during the year with our pastor's wife, Sister 
Waltz, as director.— Mrs. J. I. Baugher, Hershey, Pa., Dec. 21. 

Waynesboro.— Our church services on the morning of Nov. 1 were in 
charge of a deputation from the Student Volunteers of Elizabethtown 
College. A preaching mission was held in our church during the 
second week in November. As guest speakers w; had Brethren E. C. 
Woodie of Beaver Creek, Md., H. M. Snaveyl of Carlisle, Pa., and A. M. 

Dixon of Hagerstown, Md. Our pastor, Eld. Levi K. Ziegler, preached 

on young people's night. On Nov. 11 we held our autumn love feast. 
Our pastor officiated, assisted by Brethren W. G. Group, E. J. Egan, 
J. I. Thomas, H. C. Muck, W. C. Wertz. On Thanksgiving morning 
we held our annual service. Dec. 6 the young people of the western 
zone of the Southern District of Pennsylvania held their semiannual 
rally in our church. Calvert N. Ellis preached at the afternoon and 
evening sessions. On Dec. 20 one child was presented for consecration. 
In the evening of that day a Christmas program was rendered by our 
young people. A pageant, The Sign of Peace, was given by nine per- 
sons, supported by a chorus of more than forty voices. Installation 
service for church officers was held at the morning service on Dec. 27. 
— Sudie M. Wingert, Waynesboro, Pa., Dec. 28. 

West Green Tree congregation met in council Dec. 8 at the Florin 
house. Sunday-school officers were elected: Green Tree house, super- 
intendent, Bro. Samuel Ober; assistant, Bro. Paris Ober; Rheems, 
superintendent, Bro. Jacob Williams; assistant, Bro. Aaron Shenk; 
Florin, superintendent, Bro. John E. Eshleman; assistant, Bro. Wm. 
Longenecker. Bro. Bonsack will be with us at the Florin house on 
Jan. 10. We are expecting to have a Bible conference sometime in 
January. Bro. H. K. Ober will be with us. The church decided to 
have a Vacation Bible School next summer. Dec. 20 Bro. Abram Eshle- 
man gave a talk at our children's meeting at the Rheems house. Dec. 
27 Bro. Earl Brubaker from East Petersburg congregation brought the 
message. We expect Bro. Rufus P. Bucher of Mechanic Grove to 
begin a revival meeting Sunday evening, Feb. 28, at the Florin house. — 
Mrs. Henry E. Breneman, Elizabethtown, Pa., Dec. 29. 

Westmont. — This church has elected officers for the church and Sun- 
day-school year beginning in October. Bro. Chas. W. Blough, our 
pastor, is presiding elder; Sister Florence Head, church clerk; Bro. 
Ernest R. Blough, church and Sunday-school treasurer; the writer, 
correspondent and Messenger agent. We are glad to report that we 
have again been able to get the Messenger into over 75 per cent of 
our church homes and are striving to get it into every home if possible. 
The Sunday-school officers (general superintendent, the writer) with 
the rest of the organizations backed up by the Holy Spirit will, we 
hope, be able to do great things for the Master. A cash rally in Sep- 
tember for painting and repair work resulted in an offering of $325 be- 
ing lifted; this more than paid for the needed repairs. Oct. 3 we had 
with us Bro. J. H. Cassady from New York, our first pastor, when the 
Roxbury, Morrellville, Pleasant Hill and Westmont churches were un- 
der one pastor. He gave a report of some of his evangelistic endeav 
ors during three or four years' campaign over the brotherhood; thi 
was much appreciated. Then on Oct. 4 we had our first homecom 
ing. Bro. D. L. Little, among our first pastors, from Harrisburg, con 
ducted the devotionals. Bro. Cassady again gave one of his forecful 
messages. In the afternoon we had short messages from Brethren 
Cassady, Little, Fulton, L. B. Harshberger and our son, A. L. Rum 
mel. We also had with us Brother and Sister Osterwise from Pitts 
burgh who are doing a splendid work in bringing the personal touch to 
these folks. During all these services our efficient choir served in 
splendid way. In the evening Bro. A. L. Rummel conducted the devo 
tionals and Bro. L. B. Harshberger, pastor of the Locust Grove church 
gave the message. The messages throughout the services were much 
appreciated and helpful. Bro. Harshberger was our first entirely sup 
ported pastor. Since we have become a separate congregation we have 
had five pastors. At present this church is in a splendid way shep 
herded by Bro. Chas. W. Blough. He had charge of our evangelistic 
campaign in November. The first week Sister Olive Widdowson, 'one 
of our India missionaries on furlough, brought us an evening mes 
sage. The following week we observed the preaching mission with two 
United Brethren and the Presbyterian churches. In these service 
each pastor took his turn in preaching. The meetings were splendl 
and helpful to all interested. As an immediate result of our endeavor 
two were born anew. We had a union Thanksgiving service which ha 
been our custom for some time, the meeting being in our neighboring 
United Brethren church. Our pastor brought the message; the offer 
ing was given to the Christian Home. On Sunday morning, Dec. 20, 
the children gave a Christmas program and the pastor also gave 
sermonette. In the evening the young people presented a drama en 
titled The Empty Room.— Wm. H. Rummel, Johnstown, Pa., Dec. 28, 


Waka. — We presented special programs on Thanksgiving, Armistic« 
Day and Christmas. Our Christmas program. was especially impres- 
sive. Bro. Millard Hubbard from Pampa brings us an inspiring anc 
helpful message once each month. Our Messenger agent, Bro. D. B 
Stump, has secured subscriptions from over 75 per cent of the homes 
Our Women's Work group has completed another year's work an< 
officers were elected for the coming year, with Mrs. Ernestine Hoh- 
mann, president. Our group has held twelve meetings with devotion! 
and special programs; quilted on fourteen quilts; sent two boxes o 
clothing and toys to an orphan home; presented five showers, one be 
ing food for a family where there was sickness; gave $5.85 to missions 
We also secured the book, When Your Knight Comes Riding, for thi 
daughters; we can highly recommend this book. — Mrs. Ray G. Burger 
Waka, Texas, Dec. 28. 


Crab Orchard. — The church here seems to have had a very successftl. 
year. Several improvements have been made about the church an 
premises, a new piano has been bought, a new stove and other neede 
articles. We have been sending mission collections in regularly an 

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jest of all, several new converts have been added to the church. Bro. 
E. H. Kahle, our pastor, is to hold services the first and third Satur- 
lay nights and Sunday instead of only once a month as previously. 
Die W. C. W. is progressing nicely and increasing all the time. The 
J. Y. P. D. has been conducting some very interesting programs. We 
ire putting on a drive to try to get the Messenger in every Brethren 
lome in the community. — Mrs. Ruth Quintier, Crab Orchard, Va., 
3ec. 29. 

Hopewell. — Although small in number we feel that God has greatly 
ilessed our church through this year. In the early spring we paid off 
he last note and rededicated our church to the Lord. We also put 
in a new roof and painted the church. The work is progressing; all 
iervices are well attended, including midweek prayer meeting, Ladies' 
\id and Men's Work. It was with sorrow in our hearts that we bade 
mr former pastor good-by, but we feel that we have another earnest 
vorker in the person of Bro. Harry K. Zeller of Hagerstown, Md. Our 
ove feast was held on Dec. 13. We were glad to have with us our 
ilder, Bro. C. E. Eller, and Bro. J. S. Showalter. The former had 
iharge of the service, assisted by Bro. Showalter and our pastor. 
Mter the feast Bro. Showalter preached a short sermon, A Challenge 
if the Christian Church, which was greatly enjoyed by all. — Lessie M. 
rook, Hopewell, Va., Dec. 21. 

Johnsville congregation met in council Nov. 7. The following offi- 
:ers were, elected for the year: Elder, J. E. Barton; secretary, Mrs. 
I W. Hylton; treasurer, Sam Brillhart; agent, Mrs. Mamie Starkey; 
iorrespondent, the writer; Sunday-school superintendent, J. W. Hyl- 
on; assistant, D. E. Wells. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hylton and Clyde 
itarkey were named delegates to the southern regional conference to 
te held in Roanoke Nov. 11-13. Bro. O. L. Brian of Buchanan held a 
leries of interesting revival services Aug. 30 to Sept. 13. These 
ermons were beneficial to all and the services were well attended, 
["he ministerial board was represented at our church Nov. 8 and 
enewed Bro. Grover Wheeler's ministerial license for another year, 
breaching appointments for the year will continue as usual.— Clyde 
itarkey, Catawba, Va., Dec. 26. 

Mill Creek church met in council Aug. 21. The reports on the an- 
mal church visit were given. The Sunday school was reorganized 
irith Victor Miller as adviser and John M. Cline, Jr., superintendent. 
^.n organ was purchased to use in the church worship. Our mission 
loints are progressing nicely and favorable reports were given. On 
^ug. 31 the Northern District B. Y. P. D. conference was held at 
his place. An interesting program had been arranged, also an inspir- 
ng vesper service. On Oct. 11 Bro. Ernest M. Wampler, missionary 
n furlough from China, gave an interesting message about the con- 
litions in China. We were fortunate in having Bro. H. C. Early, our 
armer elder, bring us a message recently. On Oct. 30 we met for our 
ove feast. Bro. Silas K. Utz of Littletown, Pa., preached our Thanks- 
riving sermon. The offering was given over to the regular church 
und. Our B. Y. P. D. is progressing nicely; they recently purchased 
hrubbery and evergreens for the church yard.— Lera Bowman, Jar- 
els, Penn Laird, Va., Dec. 19. 

Mt. Joy. — A series of impressive sermons was given at our church 
iy Mrs. S. B. Broughman, one of our home ministers, the latter part 
f September. These services had a threefold purpose: to give oppor- 
unity to those who wished to accept Christ; a better understanding 
f the Brethren church; preparation for and participation in the love 
cast. As a result there were nineteen confessions. At our love feast 
Iro. Hoover, our former pastor, officiated, assisted by our pastor, 
Iro. H. C. Spangler. We held our council meeting on Dec. 5. At 
his meeting a former member was received back into the church. 
Iro. Spangler filled his regular appointment on Dec. 6 and delivered 
n interesting address. The ladies of the church held a social at the 
ome of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Wymer, which was enjoyed by all. They 
lso held a bake sale which was a success; they raised money through 
ther projects for the benefit of the church.— Mrs. O. N. Camper, 
(uchanan, Va., Dec. 26. 


Yakima.— Having been authorized by the Bethel church, Colo., Bro. 
lobert Walters was licensed to preach by Bro. Paul Longenecker; he 
i now attending school at McPherson, Kans. Our love feast was held 
)ct. 28— a quiet and impressive service with Bro. Paul Longenecker offi- 
iating. The men's club gave a program and a supper Oct. 25; the 
iroceeds from the supper were $13. Bro. Longenecker attended the 
reaching mission at Seattle and on Nov. 8 the Sunday-school conven- 
ion of the coast churches, held at Ajlune. Nov. 9 he started a two 
reeks' meeting at Sunnyside. Bro. Jay Eller of Wenatchee preached 
>r us both morning and evening of Nov. 8. He also conducted the elec- 
ion for an elder to take the place of Bro. Enoch Faw who was taken 
rom us very suddenly. Bro. B. J. Fike was chosen. Nov. 15 Bro. 
Toble Deardorff of Wenatchee gave us a good sermon both morning 
nd evening. We are working for the club price on the Messenger. 
^ have purchased fifty new songbooks, the Service Hymnal, and on 
fov. 29 Bro. Longenecker had a dedication service for them. Nov. 29 
ur pastor started evening services which lasted until Dec. 6. Three 
unday-school girls came to the church and were baptized. Dec. 9 we 
ad our business meeting and elected church officers. Our clerk is 
ro. Wendell Faw; treasurer, Robert Faw; Messenger agent, Bro. Wm. 
eavell; Messenger correspondent, the writer. Dec. 6 an offering of 
ver $16 was taken for district missions. We are giving the interior 
F our church a thorough going over, painting, varnishing, etc. In 
le spring we plan to paint the church on the outside. We will enter- 
lin the midwinter workers' conference which is to convene Dec. 29- 
I.— Katie Baldwin, Yakima, Wash., Dec. 14. 

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Vol. 86 

Elgin, 111., January 23, 1937 

No. 4 

Elder dh^2°is4naini Hsur^seim 

Bro. Hansen, with Elder Christian Hope was in America as a young man 
and interested in finding a church following the Word of God as they thought it 
should be followed from their study of the Scriptures. They finally found the 
Church of the Brethren, joined it and out of this grew increased interest in foreign 
missions in our church. See Bro. J. F. Graybill's article on page 10. This picture 
of Eld. Hansen was made "lately by his son Emanual Hansen, who is an artist 
in Copenhagen and took his training at Mount Morris College. It is very good of 
Bro. Hansen." 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 



"The children of Israel were assembled with 

lasting, and with sackcloth, and earth 

upon them" 

Monday: Nehemiah 9: 1-4 

Fasting, as a voluntary abstinence 
from food, appears in the later his- 
tory of the Hebrew people at times of 
supplication to God and public confes- 
sion of sin. At this time under the 
leadership of Nehemiah Israel ap- 
peared before God acknowledging in 
humility the load of guilt which rested 
upon them. It is interesting to note 
that no command to fast appears in 
the Mosaic law and if you use the re- 
vised version there is no injunction up- 
on Christians. What then is the 
meaning of fasting? It obviously is 
a means of drawing one's attention 
away from the things of sense and fo- 
cusing it upon the Lord and his good- 
ness. It is no command or law, but 
might we not learn there are times 
when our hearts and minds should be 
completely absorbed in the Lord. 

O Lord, forgive our too great con- 
cern for the things of food and com- 
fort. Amen. 


"Blessed be thy glorious name which is ex- 
alted above all blessing and praise" 

Tuesday: Nehemiah 9: 5-15 

How seldom we engage in adoration ! 
It is so easy to ask God for something 
for we always are in need, but rarely 
do we simply raise our hearts and 
voices in praise. 

He does not need praise and bless- 
ing, but he has been merciful and 
shown boundless grace to his people, 
to our fathers and to us. He is the 
King of kings and Lord of lords and 
to him we owe immortal praise. Let 
us raise our hearts and voices then in 
praise to the God and Father of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, and our God and 
Father. As Israel raised her voice in 
united praise and adoration let his 
church praise himl 

To the only wise Cod our Savior, 
be glory and majesty, dominion and 
power, both now and ever. Amen. 

The Good Spirit 

'Thou gavest also thy good Spirit to in- 
struct them" 

Wednesday: Nehemiah 9: 16-25 

God gave to the children of Israel 
wandering through the wilderness his 
good Spirit to instruct them. Nehe- 


miah does not seem^to be referring 
alone to the falling of the Spirit upon 
the elders or the bestowal of the Spirit 
upon the artists of the tabernacle, but 
rather the consciousness of the Divine 
Presence in the hearts of the people. 
They wandered far from God and even 
longed to return to Egypt, but he did 
not withdraw from them. 

But how much greater is our privi- 
lege ! That good Spirit is with us al- 
ways to guide us into all truth and 
lead us in the way of life. He is our 
power to live the new life in Christ. 
We do not need to pray for the pres- 
ence of the Spirit because if we are 
the Lord's he is with us always. 

Our Father, we pray that we may 
be more obedient to the voice of thy 
Spirit. Amen. 

The Mercy of God 

"Thou art a gracious and merciful God" 
Thursday: Nehemiah 9: 26-31 

What a record of disobedience this 
chapter is! The people frankly ac- 
knowledged the sin in their history, 
and then saw the abundant mercy of 
God. The Father will never forsake 
those who are his own, his mercy is 
from everlasting to everlasting. 

If we honestly examine ourselves we 
realize how far short we have fallen 
from what the Lord would have us be, 
how often we have denied him, but yet 
he will never deny us. His mercy en- 
dureth forever. We only realize his 
mercy when we see our own sin in all 
its blackness. When we recognize" our 
indifference and thoughtlessness, our 
selfishness and exclusive concern with 
the affairs of this life, and realize that 
he still loves us, then we see the 
boundless mercy of our Father. 


God's Covenants 

The two most important covenants : 

1. The Old Covenant Ex. 20: 1—31 : 18. 
The Mosaic Law under which the 

Hebrew people lived. 

2. The New Covenant 
Prophesied in Jer. 31 : 31 and Isa. 

61: 8. 

Set forth in Hebrews 8: 8-12. 

Christ fulfilled the law and secures 
eternal blessedness for all who believe 
(Gal. 3: 13-29). 

His sacrifice is the foundation of the 
new covenant (Heb. 9: 15). 

O Father, since thou art merciful 
help us to show mercy in dealing with 
our fellow men. Amen. 

A National Prayer 

"Let not all the travail seem little before 

Friday: Nehemiah 9: 32-37 

This is really a national prayer. The 
people were thinking of their nation 
and God's dealings with them as a 
nation. " Now therefore our God," 
thou who art great and mighty and 
terrible, don't forget the national trou- 
ble we have gone through since the 
Assyrian invasion. " Let not all the 
travail seem little before thee." Our 
temple may seem small and our recent 
history insignificant, but, God, we want 
to be assured that thou art interested 
in us just as thou wast when David 
was king — such is the very human 
prayer of these people. 

Have you ever wondered whether a 
great and infinite God could be con- 
cerned with your small problem? Je- 
sus told us that even the hairs of our 
head are numbered and no sparrow 
falls to the earth that he does not 
know. No concern of ours is too small 
for his infinite love ! 

O Father, our nation needs thee and 
our leaders need thy grace and 
strength. Amen. 

A Faithful Covenant 

"We make a sure covenant, and write it; 

and our princes, our Levites, and our priests, 

seal unto it" 

Saturday: Nehemiah 9: 38—10: 31 

The entire nation accepted this sol- 
emn covenant and sealed it, promising 
to " walk in God's law which was giv- 
en by Moses the servant of God." A 
covenant is a sacred thing, not to be 
lightly entered into, but to be observed. 

Do we realize that each of us has 
entered into a covenant? Did we not 
at the time of baptism covenant with 
God in Christ Jesus to be faithful un- 
til death? How often have we thought 
of it and remembered it in the inter- 
vening years? Surely the Lord has 
faithfully kept his part of the cove- 
nant, but have we remembered our 
solemn vows? He has given us his 
Spirit to guide us, his church to nur- 
ture us and his Word to comfort and 
sfrengthen us. Are we availing our- 
selves of them? 

Our Father, help us to be faithful 
to the covenant we made. Amen. 









itant Editor 



Elgin, 111., January 

23, 1937 

No. 4 


Where Thy Treasure Is 

Reading a book the first thing I knew was that I 
did not know anything about what was on that page. 
My eyes had been following the words but my mind 
had played a trick on me. And I remembered that not 
eyes alone, but ears, and even lips, according to a great 
prophet's testimony, have been known to be engaged 
in one kind of business while hearts were busy at 
something else. 

These organs of sense are wonderful instruments of 
usefulness but we often have to remind ourselves that 
this is all they are. By themselves they are of no value. 
They must have the complete support of the power 
behind them. When that is lacking they avail nothing. 

Appearances can be so deceitful. The heart must 
indeed be kept with all diligence for the great issues of 
life are all determined there. Sincerity is still the pri- 
mary necessity. It is the will that matters most. 

E. F. 

The World From a Bed 

There are a good many people who have to view the 
world from the vantage point of a bed. You will find 
them in hospitals, sanitariums and even in the best of 
homes. And with colds and influenza as prevalent as 
we now have them, the percentage of shut-ins has 
doubtless increased somewhat. 

Thus many of those who may read these lines know 
what it is to view the world from atop a bed. The 
limitations of such a viewpoint are obvious. There are 
the narrow limits of the bed. These do not matter to 
the weary person in health, but how different the situa- 
tion for those who can not stir beyond familiar bed 
rails! And then there are the four walls of the sick 
room, the sameness of furniture, the limited views 
from the windows and door. 

However, for some who must stay abed for a time, 
even indefinitely, the mind is wholly free. Because of 
this, remarkable things have sometimes been accom- 

plished by those obliged to stay in bed. That the 
psalmist may have known something of the limitations 
of life in bed, and the compensations thereof, is sug- 
gested by the verse : " But his delight is in the law 
of the Lord ; and in his law doth he meditate day and 
night." H. a. B. 

Dr. Gordon's Farmer Preachers 

The son of Dr. A. J. Gordon, that fine and polished 
preacher, says that his father often longed for a renais- 
sance of the farmer preachers whom he heard preach 
the gospel in his boyhood days. Strange, is it not, that 
such was his longing? But listen to his reason: " They 
knew their Bible from cover to cover. With such men 
we could renew the religious life of New England." 
And every theological student who had a New England 
pulpit during his seminary days has an abiding con- 
sciousness of how much that religious life needs re- 

Of course, it was only natural that Dr. Gordon in 
his declining years should long for the good -old days. 
We are all built that way. But there is something in 
his statement that is more than a passing sentiment 
due to old age. It was true when Gordon was a boy, it 
is true today, it will always be true that the man who 
knows his Bible — and lives it — will take with him into 
the pulpit something that will tell on the congregation. 
More than we know, men and women, boys and girls, 
are charmed with the simple Bible preacher who knows 
his Bible and his Savior, and who tries to lead others 
to the same knowledge and experience. 

I once asked Dr. Gunsaulus how he could hold his 
congregation year after year and at the same time be 
busy in so many other projects. He replied that he 
tries to remember that in his congregation are many 
who know more about finance, more about science, 
more about philosophy, more about engineering, more 
about economics, more about many other subjects than 
he does, so he does not try to enlighten them along 

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those lines. But he also knows something of the prob- 
lems and temptations that come to these men during 
the week, so he tries to give them what he believes will 
comfort, strengthen, direct and help them to a knowl- 
edge of God and the way of eternal life. In doing this 
he discovered the secret that enabled him to help others 
year after year. My guess is that he was doing what 
those farmer preachers of old did in New England. 

We may never return to the farmer preacher, but 
there is no reason why we should not have our pulpits 
filled with men who are sufficiently wise and so conse- 
crated to their work that they too will reach those in 
their congregation as Gordon was reached when a lad. 

J. E. M. 

Can the Church College Live? 

College Dinner Address, Hershey Conference. Concluding Installment 

III. The church college must show what the true 
•values of life are. 

If I pass over with the merest mention the capacity 
for appreciation, it is only because I wish to use my 
time in speaking of two other values which seem to me 
especially pertinent now. Most assuredly I agree with 
all of you in holding that a high and fine sensitiveness 
to beauty, truth and goodness, is and always will be 
the standard mark of culture. Indeed one may almost 
say that appreciation is the measure of education. 

With this understanding I go on. One of these two 
great values which I have in mind I shall call intelli- 
gent faith. More exactly, it is the realization that a 
reasonable faith is the basis of satisfaction in all 
spheres of human interest, the realm of religion not ex- 

This excellent dinner was prepared in a sanitary 
kitchen. We believe that every possible precaution 
was taken against the danger of infection. Yet what 
some people call mathematical certainty on this point 
was not attainable. I did once get something in my 
breakfast at Winslow, Arizona, that made me so death- 
ly sick I thought for a time I would never reach my 
home alive. You might have guessed that after such 
an experience I would play safe and refrain from eat- 
ing. I've not done so, however. I leave it to your 
judgment whether my course in this matter has been 

Speaking of mathematical certainty reminds me of 
the plight of the young man facing the problem of 
choosing his life interest. He wanted something in 
which his mind could rest on solid rock. Science and 
philosophy were too much beset with doubt. At length 
he thought of mathematics. Here was a field with no 
guess work about it. Here one can know with absolute 
certainty. All went well until he awoke to the real- 
ization that the whole structure of mathematical rea- 
soning rests at last on a few simple assumptions which 

nobody had ever proved, nor could prove. What if 
the whole is not equal to the sum of all its parts ? Can 
you imagine the mess we are in? There is only one 
way to be sure that the axiom is true. That way is to 
have common sense enough to see it. Common sense 
and rational faith are identical twins. 

Let it be noted that the making of reasonable faith 
the basis of religious certainty is the scientific method 
strictly. For that is the method of experimentation 
and observation. It is the accumulating of experience. 
Now argument can sometimes make faith reasonable. 
Only experience can turn it into that quiet assurance of 
eternal realities which gives peace and poise and power. 
The Christian institution of higher education has a 
great field in helping people to do exactly this. 

The reference to experience as a criterion of truth 
leads me directly to that other value which I want to 
see our church colleges hold fast. I refer to time as 
a test of virtue. I'm thinking of such old-fashioned 
and prosaic things as honesty, hard work, self-control 
and moral decency, and I'm thinking also of such new- 
fashioned and smart things as scorn for the authority 
of tradition and the demand that everything be sub- 
jected to the test of experience. 

I do not shrink from that test. I have already 
championed the right to free and unlimited inquiry. 
But along with that, aye, on the very basis of the ex- 
perience appeal itself, I place my demand that decent 
respect be shown for the experience of others. Some 
folks I know seem by their attitude to say that no one's 
experience is of value but their own. At least that no- 
body else ever had any worth conserving. Have they 
no sense of humor? Do they mean that every person 
born into the world must begin life as if no one had 
ever lived before him? 

In our modern emphasis on the experience test of 
truth and virtue, I plead for a new appreciation of the 
value of time for this purpose. Experience takes time. 
And the experience of the ages is of infinitely greater 
worth than that of a single person within the compass 
of a single lifetime, for settling down on the virtues 
that contribute most to the abundant life. May I com- 
mend the conservation of this value, along with others, 
to the attention of the church college that would live. 

Can the church college live ? Let it foster confidence 
in the supreme worth of truth, let it state the great 
realities in terms of their use, let it make clear what 
the real life values are, and it will live. It may not live 
permanently in its present form. Types of organiza- 
tion come and go. Readjustment will no doubt be 
needed. Institutions are made for man. Only ideas 
are eternal. But in some form the church college must 
and will live. It will live because something deep in 
human need will not let it die. E. F. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 


Not Peace . . . But a Sword 


We pray for peace; the whole world prays! 

And everywhere true hearts are looking for the day, 

When wars shall be no more ; when power stays 

Its might; and rulers low their conquering scepters lay. 

But can we pray? Are we so blind, 

That we can hope to reap what we have never sown? 

Peace, if it comes, must come to all mankind, 

Through you . . . and me . . . all seeking not their own. 

Yet look about, in our great land; 
We teach, not peace, but every man the right to seek 
His own, e'en though he crush his brother; and 
To envy those who win; to utterly despise the meek. 

We teach the child; so is the man. 

And war must come when hearts are filled with discontent 

And envy; peace only as we live the plan 

For which the Prince of Peace to earth was sent. 

Youngstorvn, Ohio. 

Perils of the Small Country Church 


It has been our privilege during the past few months 
to serve a number of small country churches. This 
has given us a unique opportunity to study some of the 
problems and to make some observations. Along with 
this we have been given a better understanding of the 
work and a greater appreciation of the task before 
these small organizations. These observations have 
not all been discouraging, by any means, many have 
been altogether heartening. We have found some very 
loyal members with an undaunted faith that is a real 
challenge to the rest of us. Should we lose these, we 
shall lose some of our great souls, " the very salt of the 
earth." In one of these churches two families drove 
more than six hundred miles just in attending the meet- 
ing, missing only two services. In one family there 
were eight children, including a small baby, and the 
strange thing about it was this, it did not seem to do 
the baby any harm. These people were hungry for a 
closer walk with God and devotedly loyal to their be- 
loved church although other churches near by were 
making a strong bid for their allegiance. 

Some small churches are suffering today from the 
" evangelism of expulsion " that has been exercised 
in the past. In these churches good people have been 
" put out of the church " because of the transgression 
of some formalism or custom and it is now next to im- 
possible to interest these or their children in the work 
of the church. I am not condemning our good breth- 
ren of the past, for they were honest and sincere in 
what they did, but I can not but feel that grave mis- 

takes have been made by good meaning folk — mistakes 
which place a retarding hand upon the growth of the 
church today. 

Another great hindrance to the small church is our 
present system of landowner and tenant. Through 
this regime many members are compelled to move, 
others desire to move and they do so for economic rea- 
sons only, with no thought of their spiritual needs. 
They reason thus,' " We can have a better farm over 
here and can raise more corn to feed more hogs, but 
we can not get to church very often because we will 
be so far away." Why should the church have so little 
consideration? Why not follow the example of Fa- 
ther Abraham and pitch our tents toward Bethel? 

In recent years the dust storms and the dry weather 
have played havoc with some of these church com- 
munities. This is something over which man has very 
little control, since he has interfered with nature so 
terribly in his greed for material wealth. It would be 
well if we would all recognize that God still has a hand 
in the running of this world. 

In many small churches there is a shortage of lead- 
ership and a lack of vision in seeing the possibilities 
that are lying untouched. In some places the church 
has become a family affair. The people of the com- 
munity will not be attracted to a church that is so self- 
centered and unsociable. To win friends, we must be 
friendly and interested in others outside our own cir- 
cle. On the other hand, there is not much to be done 
for a church where the morale has been weakened by 
leaders who are calmly and placidly waiting to be ab- 
sorbed by some other denomination in the community. 
We need to be tolerant and sympathetic toward other 
faiths and yet we must be loyal to our own church if 
we want it to prosper. 

I hesitate to mention the following for fear that I 
might be misunderstood, but still this is a problem that 
is facing the small country church in some places, and 
something will need to be done. Certain religious 
groups are making inroads and are claiming some of 
our people on the ground that the Church of the Breth- 
ren has lost her spirituality. I can not agree with their 
idea of spirituality in the way of demonstration, but 
might it be possible "that we have become just a little 
too told and formal? We are to be endued with 
power, not just to shout " Amen " and " Praise the 
Lord," but that we may go out and witness effectively 
for Christ. One may be a hypocrite by professing too 
little as well as too much. If wc love Christ we should 
give his cause the benefit of our influence. It is impor- 
tant to profess, it is also imperative that we practice 
what we profess. " Let your light so shine." " The 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 

church is suffering more from Christians neglecting 
salvation than from sinners rejecting its offer." 
McPhcrson, Kans. 

When God Dwells Within 


/. His Nature Flows Through Us 

" To him who in the love of nature holds 
Communion with her visible forms, she speaks 
A various language." 
We might paraphrase these lines thus : 
To him who in the love of God holds 
Communion with his spiritual gifts, he speaks 
A various language. 

To transcend the irksome, to overcome the low and 
the discouraging, to feel the flow of an inward force 
that overrides our lesser selves — seek the presence of 
God. For the God-consciousness which only he can 
give makes our days seem victorious, true with an on- 
ward and upward trend. Something lofty takes pos- 
session, something that pulls and changes and prom- 
ises — a sort of invitation ; a comradeship is born. From 
nobler heights our souls will ride above the clouds of 
defeat. All things are ours. He lives in us. 

2. Goodwill Is Born 

The God-conscious man, instead of being ready to 
perpetuate cruelties toward others will naturally love 
others ; friendship is born of the God-conscious ; it will 
shine with an effulgence. For from Jesus came forth 
goodwill ; and he was the world's greatest producer of 
friendship, basing it upon the deliverances of the new 
conscience, the wholesome purpose and the inner feel- 
ings of comradeship which enables one to love even 
the dirty and the filthy, for the sake of the noble and 
the clean that could be. He that has God's nature will 
have Jesus' love. He will express goodwill in his af- 
fairs. His practical affairs will take on idealism. 

j. The World Is Practical 

But life dare not be. Let some one try to reduce it 
so. Ere nightfall overtakes his willful steps, the angels 
will be whispering their suggestions. Duty-performing 
will change to something above the level of the sordid. 
Instead of driving home in a secondhand car, he goes 
in a splendid car ; instead of carrying necessary grocer- 
ies to a practical family, he carries something to a 
friendly waiting circle ; instead of sustaining them, he 
shares his life with them; instead of going to do more 
work, he goes to close a good day's work ; he hears clear 
confident voices high above the dead level of the day — 
his world, the world of this practical man, suddenly 
changes; if perchance he has succeeded in keeping it 
commonplace. Idealism steals into his mind, unbidden 
but very genuine like a gracious guest, arriving un- 
announced. To this he turns to find the light ; and life 

is new and different ; his practical world gone, his real 
love restored. To him who in the love of God, holds 
communion with his spiritual gifts, he speaks a various 

4. Loftiness Makes an Appeal 

A speaker had a sermon title, " Above the Snake 
Line." His arguments ran to the idea that to live above 
the swamps of life (where snakes dwell), up where 
frost and fire would purify, and where the severities of 
the climate would suggest a careful providence — to live 
up high above the snake line would conduce to great- 
ness, would create a healthy life, would save and would 

We liked the title, and all that it suggested ; only, we 
would add : comradeship of great heights provokes the 
thought of God. To dwell with him would lift above 
the swamps. 

5. Love Makes the Method 

Love, says Kagawa, is that for which we perish. To 
which one could rejoin : " It is true in the United 
States." Love is the salvation of any system. And the 
world that does not love will be like Sodom of the plains 
that perished in the pursuit of other men's goods. And 
if love is in the citizen, then is the country safe. Says 
the king of Ethiopia, " Our Savior died to bring peace 
and brotherhood to the peoples of the earth." The cure 
of sin is God-consciousness. For love destroys sin. 
And if an Italian should love, he would seek new ways 
by which he could express himself, new ways by which 
he could realize his national ambitions, perchance by 
creating world situations favorable to his survival and 
happiness. Love would suggest such better methods of 
national growth. But how shall we have a new Italy 
without a new Italian, and how this without God? 

Piatt sburg, Mo. 

The Infallible Guide 


Text: "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto 
my path" (Psalms 119: 105) 

When traveling in a strange land, when going 
through a large and important building, and in many 
other instances one needs a guide in order that he may 
be able to observe more and learn the most possible, and 
that he may not become confused and wander aimlessly 
about or even become lost in the way., 

When traveling in Washington, D. C, a few years- 
ago we wished to see the national capitol. Our time 
was limited and we wished to make the most of the time 
we had. We followed a guide through the capitol build- 
ing. He knew the way and explained the points of in- 
terest to us. Once while visiting the Luray Caverns in 
Virginia we would have been absolutely helpless had it 
not been for the guide who knew the way. He turned 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 

the lights on our path as we went forward and pointed 
out to us the marvelous handiwork of God on every 
side. We were thrilled and moved to praise God for 
his wondrous works of beauty. All this would have 
been impossible without a guide who knew the way. 
Without him we might have gone into the cavern, but 
we would never have found the light switches nor the 
path through the cavern. We would have missed the 
beauty of it all and would never have found our way 

We are all on a journey through life and need a 
guide, one who knows the way and can point out to us 
the wondrous works of God along the pathway of life. 
We need an infallible guide. We dare not trust our 
souls to any other. 

There are many guides whom we may not follow if 
we would be safe. Our parents were our first guides. 
Many would consider them infallible and say, " I'm safe 
so long as I follow my parents." Some will even say, 
" Father and mother were all right. They never even 
joined a church, but I believe I can be saved if I live as 
good as they." But is this true? I would not discour- 
age a respect for parents. God bless them ! Many of 
them have done well, but most of them have done things 
they would not have their children do. They have 
made their mistakes. Some parents I have known have 
taught their children to steal, to lie, to cheat and to 
fight. Parents are not infallible guides. 

Some would follow conscience. Paul and others tried 
this, but found that the conscience was not safe for they 
even found themselves fighting against God with a clear 
conscience. Conscience is a creature of education. It 
is not a safe guide. It is not infallible. 

Others would follow public opinion. But again we 
say, " No !" Public opinion once said it was right to 
run a saloon. Then, again, public opinion closed the 
saloon and favored prohibition of alcoholic liquors. 
And again through some false propaganda public opin- 
ion changed and permitted the return oT the saloon and 
all the sin that goes with it. Public opinion once op- 
posed Sunday theaters. But today even many professed 
Christians do not see any wrong in a Sunday afternoon 
show, even in the face of the fact that the movies and 
theaters have not reformed and are just as immoral and 
degrading as a generation ago. Public opinion is di- 
vided in politics and on most every other question. It 
is not infallible. 

There are others who would follow some individual, 
worship some hero. But men and women all have their 
faults and weaknesses and are not always safe to fol- 
low. Others would follow after and trust in material 
things, but material things fail us and vanish overnight. 

Still there are others who would say the church is in- 
fallible; I can follow it and be safe. I wish it were more 
true than it is, but again we have to say " No 1" The 

reason for this is in the fact that the church is made up 
of human beings. Fifty years ago the church said the 
Sunday school and prayer meetings were wrong and it 
opposed missions and the like. Today we have learned 
that these are absolutely essential in the program of the 
kingdom. Churches which neglect these are fast going 
into oblivion. Let us respect the church and its leaders 
as they search for the truth. May God bless the church 
in its great program of righteousness. May she be led 
by the infallible guide. 

There is an infallible guide. The Bible is absolutely 
safe to follow. It illuminates the path and reveals the 
marvelous works of God on every side. If we follow it, 
it will lead us safely through all the dark and rugged 
places of our journey. It will lead us into the light of 
an eternity of happiness and peace. When it is silent 
we need not inquire. It is enough for us to believe and 
obey. It reveals all that is necessary for us. 

The Bible is infallible. It can not be destroyed. 
Rome could not destroy it. Infidels could not change 
its power nor destroy it. Voltaire once said (in 1771 )■ 
that in one hundred years there would be no Bible. To- 
day millions of copies are printed where these words 
were spoken. In the face of all opposition it has tri- 
umphed through the ages. The Bible remains the same, 
fully adequate to meet the needs and problems of every 
age, even our modern problems. Even until heaven 
and earth pass away it will still remain an infallible 

Follow this infallible guide. Read it daily and in all 
your problems and uncertainties. Let it fill your mem- 
ory, rule your heart, and direct your feet. It will lead 
you to heaven and eternal glory. 

Blessed Book, precious Book, 

On thy dear old tear-stained leaves I love to look; 
Thou art sweeter day by day, 
As I walk the narrow way 

That leads at last to that bright home above. 

Clovis, N. Mex. 

A New Task for the Church 


In Two Parts — Part Two 
The new task of the church, that of securing a 
more Christian distribution of wealth, is a complex 
and difficult one. Many of us see the great crop of 
evils our profit system has produced, but few see or 
understand the cause of the evils. Many are content 
to try to relieve conditions by treating the symptoms 
of our disease. But so long as the love of money, a 
root of all kinds of evil, remains the motive power 
and the root of our economic system, so long will 
•evils continue to spring up. The motive of greed 
must be displaced by the motive of service. This 
means that capitalism, our economic system based upon 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 

the profit motive, must be displaced by a system 
founded upon Christian principles. 

This will be difficult because those who have much 
to gain by the profit system have great influence and 
will usually do all they can to use this influence to 
hinder any move that would deprive them of their 
unjust income. In the political world they call those 
who work for justice, unpatriotic ; in the economic 
world they call them impractical ; in the religious world 
they call them atheistic communists. No great evil 
is uprooted without opposition. 

Not only must the system be changed, but men 
must be changed. This of course has always been a 
primary work of the church — to convert men But 
a new and larger meaning must be put into conversion. 
For example, not only must men be taught to be 
personally honest, to meet their just obligations, pay 
their bills, give correct measures and change, and 
to tell no lies ; but they must also be taught to be 
socially honest, to refrain from doing that or ac- 
cepting gain from that .which degrades or injures their 
fellow men, and to forego appropriating for themselves 
the good things of life at the expense of others being 
deprived of those same good things. Men need be 
converted to become Christian in all their relations 
in life, in the way they earn their money, in the 
way they spend it, in the way they buy, and in the 
way they sell. 

This new task can not be accomplished by the ac- 
tion of a few. It requires a great movement by a 
large group. The church can help develop and bring 
into being such a movement. But it will require new 
tactics. Whereas in the past the church has held aloof 
from political, economic and social activity, it is chiefly 
by such activity that the new work of establishing a 
Christian economic order must be accomplished. 

We must not lose sight of the fact that the primary 
work of the church is to preach the gospel and to 
develop the spiritual life of individuals. This is es- 
sential to the accomplishment of our new task. But 
it is also true, as E. Stanley Jones so aptly observes, 
that we have gone as far as we can in spiritual ad- 
vancement under our present unchristian economic 
system. Christian preaching without Christian prac- 
tice is empty and futile. Christian practice in a 
business system motivated by selfishness and committed 
to competition and the survival of the strong by the 
suppression of the weak is impossible. It is futile 
for the church to develop men who are spiritually 
minded, to teach them to love one another, to be 
sympathetic and helpful, and then turn them out into 
the world to make a living under a pagan business 
system which sets them against one another, and 
gives its rewards to those who practice the opposite. 

The church must either cease teaching absolute hon- 

esty and the Golden Rule, or set herself to the task 
of establishing a business system in which the practice 
of these virtues is compatible with success in provid- 
ing for one's family. Unless we do set ourselves to 
this task the church will be more and more discredited 
as impractical and inconsistent, and unworthy of a 
hearing. Because those to whom we preach can not 
keep themselves from being involved in political and 
economic affairs, neither can the church. 

Not only will the accomplishment of our new task 
require new tactics, it will also require haste. We 
have been late in beginning. Capitalism is about to 
collapse of its own inherent weakness. If we may 
judge from the course of events in Europe, fascism is 
about to come upon us. If we tolerate despotism of 
wealth in our economic world as we now have it under 
capitalism, it will destroy our political democracy. 
Capitalism and democracy will not last long side by 
side. Fascism, military dictatorship, is the last stage 
of capitalism. Under fascism the church must yield 
to the state or be crushed. If we would save ourselves 
from such a fate, we must establish a new order 

Again, our task is difficult because we must not only 
reject the old, but we must choose and inaugurate a 
new and better system. We must choose one of several 
possible alternatives to our present system and working 
together with other groups concentrate our efforts 
upon the successful establishment of that system. Con- 
sumer co-operatives in business and a political regime 
committed to production for use seem to the writer 
to be acceptable and desirable and most likely to suc- 
ceed in America. 

To accomplish this task the church will have to 
concentrate a large part of her efforts in this field. It 
will need primary place in our church organization. 
Boards to promote a Christian economic order will need 
to be set up, leaders found and put to work, research 
made, literature produced and disseminated, and minis- 
ters and teachers trained to point and lead the way 
to the better order. Most of all, the rank and file 
of church members will need to be inoculated with the 
zeal and self-sacrificing spirit of the early Christians. 
A broad social intelligence will be needed. But a special 
en'duement of the Spirit of God, unprecedented cou- 
rage and steadfast endurance will be essential to carry 
to successful completion such a task and such a crusade 



In the midst of these years, reveal thyself, 
Show forth thy mercies, reveal thy work. 
In the trials before us, be kind, O Lord, 
May we never be faithless, or shirk. 
Frecport, III. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 

for Christian righteousness. The cost will be great, 
but the gains will be tremendous for God and humanity. 
The Church of the Brethren is peculiarly fitted to 
take up this task. First, it is the natural and logical 
conclusion of our peace program — to uproot the causes 
of war in our economic system. Second, it is but the 
expansion and practical application of our splendid 
heritage of teaching on brotherhood so pertinently per- 
petuated in the ordinances of the Lord's Supper and 
feet washing. Third, from a material standpoint the 
rank and file of our membership, being of the middle 
class of people, we have very little to gain and much 
to lose from our present business system. Fourth, we 
have an ardent army of able youth to whom this task 
would open a worthy field for the expression of their 
Christian idealism and desire for service. 

"A great door and effectual is opened, 


there are many adversaries." But we are able. Let 
us enter. 

Eustis, Fla. 

■ » ■ 

The Unfinished Task 


When Jesus was hanging on the cross and said, " It 
is finished," he did not refer to the work which he had 
begun. That could not be done in a short time, even 
by the Son of God. There are some things which God 
will not speed along or hurry up. Some things require 
choice learning and growth. 

We often speak of his work being unfinished on the 
cross. In one sense it was. He paid the price of per- 
fect devotion and of suffering in many ways. His be- 
ing lifted upon the cross had power to bring repentance 
and salvation to the people of the earth. 

Jesus told his followers time after time that there 
were crosses for them to bear, and that they would 
have" to suffer for others just as he had done. Jesus 
suffered a lot, but he left a lot of suffering for others. 

Jesus wanted to save men, to bring them into the 
heritage of God's holy family. He desired them to 
have everlasting life and undertook to bring the king- 
dom of God among men. This task was by no means 
finished when Jesus' earthly life ended; few people 
knew the teachings, and fewer had accepted. 

The great unfinished task was the building of the 
church to bear witness of him to the world through the 
ages, and to bring the great gift of love and brother- 
hood into human relationships. 

Jesus' great command to Peter was to feed his sheep, 
not with the earthly pleasures and frivolities, but with 
the spiritual food which would lead them to know the 
glory of God. And now the task rests upon us, and we 
must put our shoulder to the wheel and bring the king- 
dom of God to earth to be realized more completely. 

Pulaski, Va. 

A Talebearer 


Synopsis of a sermon delivered to the official board of the Live Oak 
church of Northern California by the senior member of the group, 
eighty years of age. 

Texts: "He that despiscth his neighbor is void of wis- 
dom ; but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. He 
that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets; but he 
that is of a faithful spirit concealeth a matter" (Prov 11: 
12, 13). 

"For lack of wood the fire goeth out; And where there 
is no whisperer, contention ceaseth. As coals are to hot 
embers, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to 
inflame strife. The words of a whisperer are as dainty 
morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts" 
(Prov. 26: 20-22).) 

Paul instructed us: "Only let your conversation [manner 
of life] be as it becometh the gospel of Christ" (Philpp. 1 : 
27a). The difficulty of that standard in one particular is 
set forth in James 3: 6-8. "And the tongue is a fire, a 
world of iniquity; so is the tongue among our members, 
that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the 
course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every 
kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things 
in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 
but the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full 
of deadly poison." 

"How careful then ought I to live, 
With what religious fear, 
Who such a strict account must give 
For my behavior here." 

An offended brother represents a difficult problem in 
human relations. "A brother offended is harder to be won 
than a strong city: and their contentions are like the 
bars of a castle" (Prov. 18: 19). An excellent suggestion 
is made in Prov. 18: 24: "A man that hath friends must 
shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh 
closer than a brother." The danger of giving offense is 
stated in Matt. 18: 6: "But whoso shall offend one of 
these little ones which believe in me, it were better for 
him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that 
he were drowned in the depth of the sea." Verse 7 of 
this chapter continues the thought and raises an addi- 
tional problem : "Woe unto the world because of offenses I 
for it must needs be that offenses come ; but woe to that 
man by whom the offence cometh." Why is it needful 
that offenses come? They must come in order to try the 
faith of the saints. It takes faith, courage and love to 
live up to the great principles of the gospel. Offenses 
challenge all three. 

What can be done about offenses? Is there any remedy? 
Yes, Matt. 18: 15-17 gives the answer: "Moreover if thy 
brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault 
between thee and him alone : if he shall hear thee, thou 
hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then 
take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of 
two or three witnesses every word may be established. 
And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the 
church : but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be 
unto thee as an heathen man and a publican." One of 
two outcomes will result. Either the offender will be 
recognized as an unsaved, unbrotherly person ; or else, 
he will be restored in Christ Jesus and reconciled to his 
brother and the church. 

What is that noise I hear? It sounds like the banging 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 

of an old brass pan. Oh, it is the noise of a down-and-out 
Christian, one in whose heart love has died. " Though I 
speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have 
not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling 
cymbal" (1 Cor. 13: 1). Is it possible that some of our 
talk concerning offenders sounds like that? Love is neces- 
sary if we are to deal with the weak and the erring. 

Christ went to the cross to die that he might atone for 
a lost and sinful world. Surrounded by heartless gambling 
for his coat; bitter railing; and the taunts — "He saved 
others, himself he can not save; let him now come down 
from the cross, and we will believe him"; pierced with 
agony and suffering, he prayed : "Father, forgive them ; 
for they know not what they do." Here he demonstrated 
what he had taught in the peaceful setting of the Sermon 
on the Mount. "Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, 
and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against 
you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad : 
for great is your reward in heaven : for so persecuted they 
the prophets which were before you" (Matt. 5: 11, 12). That 
is the way to meet talebearers and enemies. 

Paul said, "We have the mind of Christ," and exhorted : 
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" 
(Philpp. 2: 5). Christ left heaven for his enemies, he 
prayed for them, he died for them. His death is the most 
dramatic and tragic on record. Darkness was over the 
land for three hours. A great earthquake rent the rocks. 
Many of the sleeping saints came forth from their graves. 
The problem of the offender and talebearer is a difficult 
one, but we have a great High Priest, One who can "be 
touched with the feeling of our infirmities." May his 
mind be in us. 

Live Oak, Calif. 

Elder Christian Hansen 

(See Picture on Cover Page) 

Elder Christian Hansen, Bronderslev, Denmark, passed to 
his reward Nov. 28, 1936, at the ripe old age of 88 years, 
and was placed by the side of his wife, who preceded him 
some thirty years. 

Bro. Hansen's name is prominent in connection with the 
foreign mission work of the Church of the Brethren. He 
was born at Vrenstad, not far from the place of his death, 
Oct. 15, 1848. As a young man he was a few years in the 
States. After his return to Denmark he was united in mar- 
riage Oct. 17, 1877, to Inger Petersen from Norway. To 
this union were born one son and two daughters, of which 
one also preceded her father in death. 

I shall give a translation of Bro. Hansen's own account 
of how he came in touch with the Brethren. 

" During the few years in America I became acquainted 
with Bro. Christian Hope, who also was a Dane. We had 
certain convictions of faith and we were in search of a de- 
nomination who practiced what God had revealed to us. In 
an encyclopedia of denominations in America, giving a short 
account of their belief and practice, we found the Church 
of the Brethren. We found that this denomination was in 
accord with our interpretation of the Word of God, and were 
anxious to learn more of this body of believers. In this we 
failed up to the time of my leaving America May 24, 1874. 

" A short time after my return to Denmark I received a 
letter form Bro. Christian Hope, stating that he had found 

the Church of the Brethren. He sent me a number of 
tracts in English, setting forth their faith and practice. A 
study of these led me to request the church to send a mis- 
sionary to Denmark. I also desired to be baptized and 
unite with this body, that followed the Word of God. This 
resulted in the Brethren taking up mission work in Den- 

" Bro. Hope was sent from America as the first mission- 
ary to Denmark, because he was a Dane and had the 
language at command. He arrived in Denmark in 1875, 
and May 5, 1876 I was baptized. From the very beginning I 
took an active part in the services as the Lord granted 
grace and the privileges were extended to me. Bro. Hope 
and I did what we could to translate and distribute tracts 
and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of our 

" The church in America had promised to organize a 
church in Denmark when there were eight members. In 
October of 1877 we were thirteen members and the Church 
in America fulfilled its promise by sending two elders, 
Bro. Enoch Eby and wife and Bro. Daniel Fry and wife. 
They came to our home in Bronderslev. They ate their 
first meal and rested up in our home after their long jour- 
ney. I remember reading in the Brethren at Work, that 
Brethren Eby and Fry with their companions ate their first 
meal in Bro. Hansen's home in Bronderslev, and that it 
was homelike and restful to be there." 

I have failed in getting the dates of Bro. Hansen's elec- 
tion to the ministry and ordination to the eldership. But 
this was evidently quite early in the history of our work in 
Denmark. He gave his entire time to the work, leaving 
his trade as tailor. They lived in Kopenhagen, Roskilde 
and Hordum, where they engeged in mission work. In 1894 
they moved to Bronderslev, where he built a home, which 
he called " Bethesda." Here they lived and had services. 
It was Bro. Hansen's desire that the property remain as 
mission property, where the members can meet and have 

Bro. Hansen's work, during the later part of his working 
years was confined to Jutland, but he made many visits to 
Sweden where he often served as interpreter for deputa- 
tions from the Mission Board. The last twenty years he 
lived mostly retired, but remained in remarkably good 
health until about a year ago, when old age and feebleness 
made rapid inroads. The last nine months he was mostly 
confined to his bed, but his mind served him until the end 
of his life, Nov. 28, 1936. 

I was notified of the death and the funeral to take place 
Dec. 4, and requested to be present. There were only two 
relatives, a son and daughter, members and friends to fol- 
low the remains of this veteran of the cross. After placing 
his remains in the State church the priest made a few 
timely remarks, and I was asked to speak. The ceremony 
at the grave was performed by the undersigned. 

Twenty-five years ago I met Bro. Hansen for the first 
time. Since then I have visited in his home a number of 
times and had many services there. He was a man of 
strong conviction, who would rather suffer imprison- 
ment than violate his anti-militaristic conviction. He was 
rather easy going, but thorough in his work, very accurate 
and even artistic. He was not a prominent man, but highly 
respected by all who knew him. He loved the church of 
his choice and was interested in the advancement of the 
kingdom. He rests from his labors and his works shall fol- 
low him. 

Malmo, Sweden. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 



Enough to Know 

(Selected by Mrs. D. W. Weybiight, New Paris, Ind.) 

I know not how, nor when, nor why, 
I can but this, on God rely; 
His truth, his love, eternal flow; 
God's life! this is enough to know. 

I rest content whate'er betide. 
For love and peace with me abide; 
I care not how my footsteps go; 
God guides! this is enough to know. 

I know not when I shall forsake 
All sin, and in his likeness wake, 
But to Christ's stature I shall grow; 
God reigns; this is enough to know. 

I know not why sometimes I fall, 
Seem to forget that God is all; 
I grasp his outstretched arms, and lo! 
God is! this is enough to know. 

When Bob Gave God a Chance 

10. The Way to Life 

One joy after another came to Bob. The joy that 
set them all to work came after John took Phil to the 
hospital for braces in the place of casts. " Son," he 
said to Bob, after he took Phil out of the car and set- 
tled him in the hammock, " Come on into the house. I 
want to ask you to do something exceedingly pleasant." 
Wonderingly, Bob followed his father up onto the 
porch. " It's such good news, boy. I talked to Dr. 
Langworthy today about Phil, and he said that the 
nurse made a mistake, that the operation was proving 
more successful than they hoped." 

" Oh, dad, really, but — but, why can't he walk ?" ex- 
claimed Bob. 

" He will walk," explained Mr. Rohwer, " but he will 
have to be taught to use his legs. You must remember 
that until a few weeks ago, he could not even move his 
limbs. He will need to do a lot of exercising, and we 
will help him in every way possible. I thought you 
would like to be the one to tell him." 

Bob took the steps in two leaps, and raced across the 
lawn to his pal. " Phil ! Phil ! You were right when 
you told me that God never made a mistake. Think of 
it, pal, you are going to walk, and run and play like oth- 
er boys. You are going to play football and ride a bike 
and swim and hike and — and — " 

John watched until Bob knelt by the hammock and 
gathered the boy in his arms. Then he smiled and went 
to tell Mrs. Rohwer. 

Phil went every place with Bob, who spent much of 
his time and energy in giving Phil's limbs the exercises 

prescribed by the doctor. He made his old coaster 
wagon into a " walker," so the boy could get about as he 
pleased. He made a contraption that resembled a ba- 
by's " jumper." Phil worked faithfully in it as often as 
John or Bob thought advisable. When he started com- 
ing out in the fields or into the orchard, Bob would take 
him out of the " walker " and support him as he tried to 
walk. It was a slow, tedious process, but both boys 
were determined that they should win. Two months 
later the progress seemed slight. Philip could not walk, 
but his knees no longer buckled under the weight of his 
body, and his feet went straight ahead like well be- 
haved feet should, instead of wandering off in opposite 
directions as they had at first. 

Shortly after his conversion, Bob decided to go back 
to college in the fall and complete his course. The ed- 
itor of their home town paper agreed to give him work 
if he would take some additional work in business ad- 
ministration after he graduated. Mr. Rohwer was more 
than willing to take over the responsibility of helping 
Phil to use his feet. Bob agreed that his father could 
help — after he left for college — but until then, he 
wanted to do all he could himself. 

Four weeks later, Philip held on to the breakfast 
table and stumbled around to Bob's seat. " I have been 
trying by myself all this month, and now I can almost 
walk without holding on to anything. I think I could 
go any place I wanted to if I had crutches." 

" Good going, old man," was all that Bob could say. 
" And you shall have crutches. I don't see why I didn't 
think of them before." 

Two weeks slipped past, and the big house seemed 
very silent and lonesome. Bob and Anne were both 
back in college, and Phil was away all day at school. 
Autumn was gone almost before Mary had time to be 
lonesome without her family. The young folks wrote 
every week, and sometimes came home for a brief visit 
over the week end. On one of these occasions Anne 
told glowing tales about her brother's popularity. " He 
is teaching a class of boys in the intermediate depart- 
ment of the church. Three of the boys have accepted 
Christ as their Savior and have joined the church, and 
several of the others are thinking about it. The other 
departments would like to have his help, but he tells 
every one that he prefers the intermediate, because that 
department is so often neglected." 

" I am glad that Robert has caught the vision," re- 
plied his mother. " I knew he could count for Christ, if 
he would only give God a chance to use him." 

" And, mother," went on Anne, " no one notices his 
right arm. Why, you just have to look at the light in his 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 

face. You couldn't look at anything else, while he is 
around. Everybody loves our Bob because he tries so 
hard to help others and make their load just as much 
lighter as he can. You would never know that he holds 
several important offices. He is president of the stu- 
dent body, and head of the Student Volunteer group. 
But he isn't a bit puffed up. I am proud of my brother, 
proud because he is truly a son of God." 

All that Anne had said was true. Bob worked steadi- 
ly during the entire school year, at his studies and in the 
church. He graduated with honors in June, and came 
home to Pleasant Valley where he commenced his work 
in the World office. Here in his home town he found 
ample opportunity to continue his church work ; in fact, 
being in a newspaper office added to his opportunities 
of meeting people and telling then>about his Friend. 

Paul Mason, still a great crony of Bob's, invited his 
friend to spend the day with him shortly after Bob be- 
gan his newspaper work. This was the first time that 
he had been near Hidden Lake since that fatal day, 
eighteen months previous. Bob looked down the road 
with tranquil eyes, and drove into the yard. With a 
cheer> r song on his lips, he got out and rang the bell. 
Naomi Mason, Paul's sister, just out of college, opened 
the door. 

Her warm, brown eyes smiled up at him. Her beam- 
ing face was set in a frame of shining, black waves. 
" Come in, Bob, we are all glad to see you looking so 
well. Paul has gone outside, but he will return soon." 
Bob was suddenly confused. With fine tact she dis- 
pelled all his shyness. All through the years she had 
been just " Paul's kid sis " to Bob, but Naomi guessed 
that Bob saw something else, now.' 

As for Bob, he did see, but he pushed the idea out of 
his way almost as soon as it got in. " No girl wants to 
bind herself to a cripple." A new sense of the old bit- 
terness swept over him. He had long since seen the 
shallowness of Georgia, but he had never been able to 
erase her cruel words. 

In October, the subscription manager resigned and 
Bob took his place. He saw the need of a Sunday 
school in the outlying districts. So with the aid of Pas- 
tor Miller, a Sunday school was organized. Of course, 
Xaomi volunteered to teach, and to help with the open- 
ing worship. Thanksgiving week Bob mustered cour- 
age to ask Naomi to go with him to the Thanksgiving 
program that his Sunday school was giving, and then to 
come home with him for dinner. Much to his surprise, 
she accepted with alacrity. This was the public begin- 
ning of a friendship that was more than it seemed. 

Easter that year was early in April. About this time 
Bob began to feel an unrest, his work in the communi- 
ty was no longer as satisfying as it had been. One eve- 
ning when Naomi was at his home, playing her violin 
to Mary's accompaniment, he received the answer to his 

problem. The strains of " Hark ! the Voice of Jesus 
Calling " moved him to cross the room to the piano and 
join in the chorus, " Here am I, O Lord : send me." 
The others in the room were silenced for a moment. 
Then Bob explained, huskily, " I'm going to ask to be 
allowed to enter the ministry." Abruptly he turned to 
Naomi, " You do understand, don't you ?" he appealed. 
Here eyes were brimming with tears. " I have prayed 
for this," she said simply. " I — I have watched you as 
you went off to college, nearly five years ago, and all 
through college until — you had to stop. After that I 
prayed that you could come to know my Friend as I 
knew him. And when you did, I was so glad." 

" And my life has been full of joy ever since," said 
Bob. " I marvel at my not seeing the possibilities of 
helping others through being in the ministry before." 

Mary spoke softly, " I don't wonder at it a bit, son. 
You have only been learning the wisdom of complete 

" Bob, you don't realize how changed you are," said 
Naomi. " Even your singing is different." 

" Thank you, Naomi," replied Bob. " I am trying to 
sing for God, and hope to succeed as well as you give 
me credit for doing." 

" Son," said John, " there is to be a special council 
meeting soon. We are awake to the need for more min- 
isters in our congregation." 

At the council meeting, two men were chosen, Bob 
Rohwer and Paul Mason, and both families rejoiced. 
After he received his call, Bob confided. his plans to 

Summer was a busy time. Such bustling, such plan- 
ning, and how hard every one worked. The two young 
men would be going to seminary in September. Naomi 
was to teach another year ; then she, too, would join her 
brother, and husband to be. " For," she explained, " if 
I am going to be a minister's wife, I will need to know 
better how to teach others how to work." 

Then Anne came home one evening with Paul, an- 
nouncing, " I think Naomi's idea is a tiptop one. I am 
going to finish college, and then I shall go with her 
and the boys for a year or so — until the double wedding 
at least." 

At last the day came for the young men to leave, and 
they were sent on their way with earnest prayers and 
great rejoicing. The Masons and the Rohwers with 
many well-wishers watched the train disappear. Final- 
ly, John Rohwer cleared his throat to express the 
thoughts that were in the hearts of all. " God has no 
way of giving himself to the world except through his 
children. But that is more than adequate, and oh, what 
marvelous things he can accomplish, when we just give 
him a chance." 

(The End) 

Brewster, Wash. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 


Life — A Trust 


In some states the contracting parties to the marital 
vow are both required to appear at the courthouse in 
order to secure the marriage license. On one occasion 
when the issuing officer made the discovery that the 
couple before him had previously been employed in the 
same capacity in the same kind of office, he looked up 
with a twinkle in his eye and inquired : " Is this a 
trust?" After all, is it not true that all of life is just 

The child who does not wish to go to sleep at night 
until he feels that the guardian angel of his life is 
very near, is manifesting a spirit of trust, when, 
in the darkness that surrounds his couch, he calls to 
the parent: "Are you there?" He gets the answer 
which gives assurance and at once goes to sleep; he is 
trusting his life and well-being in the hands of the par- 
ent he has learned to love and whose love he has come 
to trust as absolute. Woe betide that parent who be- 
trays such a trust ! 

A daughter in the home falls the victim of disease 
that requires the best of nursing and the services of a 
skilled surgeon. She is taken to the hospital, placed 
upon the operating table and told to breathe deeply that 
she may fall into that transitory sleep that will allow the 
surgeon free use of the knife so that her body may be 
restored to health. Is she not a trusting child when she 
thus submits with her very life at stake? They all 
thank God and feel repaid for the sacrifice and the sus- 
pense when she is brought home again happy and is on 
the way to complete recovery. 

Here is a lady past her teens far enough that some 
say she is a " lady in waiting." She has a good home 
with every convenience, loving parents and brothers 
and sisters who twine about her heart as tendrils of the 
home vine. She is accosted by a suitor. She listens to 
his pleadings and believes that he is sincere. By and by 
she accepts his proposal to establish a home of their 
own. She is trusting all her future happiness and the 
hope for declining years in the devotion he brings and 
through the years she renders a like devotion in full 
measure. They give an affirmative answer to the judge 
in our first paragraph. 

God gave you life. He wants you to use it to the 
best of your ability and at the end of the journey to re- 
turn it to him as a good and faithful steward. In every 
such bestowal of trust in this life, there is the same re- 

You may not have asked for the privilege of acting in 
the capacity of a trust officer, but if such a responsi- 
bility is accepted, you should expect to make returns 
showing the use made of the goods received with the 
increase, if any. This is required by the courts of the 
land with reference to the things of earth. Why should 

we not also make return to the " Judge of all the earth " 
for the priceless gift of life with all its opportunities, 
privileges and the choice blessings that attend so great 
a gift ? " What is your life " (James 4 : 14) ? 

" Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is 
stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee " (Isa. 26: 

Lanark, III. 

What Do They See? 


It is said that a celebrated sculptor spent eight years 
working upon a statue of the Lord Jesus Christ. After 
working two years upon it, he one day brought a little 
child into his studio. Turning to her, he said, " My 
dear little girl, who is that?" 

The child looked at the wonderful work. After a 
moment or two, she replied, " It is a very great man, 

The sculptor was smitten with bitter disappointment. 
" This will never do," he said; " I must change it. The 
statue must be a truer likeness of Jesus than this." 

Without losing further time, he turned to his chisel 
and mallet and worked three years longer. He prayed 
about it night and day asking God to help him that he 
might reproduce the likeness of Jesus upon the face of 
the marble. 

Once more he brought a little child to his studio. 
" Who is that ?" he asked. 

The child looked at the masterpiece in silence. Then 
bursting into tears, said : " Suffer little children to 
come unto me." 

" I have gained it ! This is a work of inspiration. 
Thank God !" cried the sculptor, when he realized that 
this sweet untutored child had recognized in the statue 
the face of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

People look upon Christians with critical gaze ; ac- 
tions are examined with care ; motives are dissected and 
analyzed minutely. What do they see? 

Like the sculptor, each one, as it were, is working 
daily upon a likeness of Christ. What do they see in 
our lives? Is it something which belongs to self and 
pride and worldliness and sin ? Or do they find some- 
thing which belongs to the other world — divine love, 
sublime faith, true Christianity ? 

Little children are perhaps the best judges of real 
Christianity in one's life, just as the little girl was the 
most accurate judge of the sculptor's work. 

" Suffer little children to come unto me," said Jesus. 
Children naturally will come to him — and to his true 
servants. They recognize Christian virtues in a human 
life quickly and surely. They are seldom to be fooled. 

Nezvport, Pa. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 


What to Pray For 


Week of January 2$ to jo 
This week we are asked to pray for the work at 
Jalalpor, India. The history of Jalalpor station dates 
back to the year 1899. 

After a year of language study at Bulsar the writer 
and wife were asked to go to Navsari near Jalalpor to 
open work in this area. Famine conditions prevailed 
in western India and starving children were brought 
in and cared for. Land was secured near the village 
of Jalalpor. buildings erected and a school was started. 

Harlan and Ruth Brooks 

Other schools were opened and evangelistic work was 
also carried on. From that time to the present the 
work has grown and developed to its present propor- 

At the present time Harlan Brooks and his wife 
Ruth, who went with her parents to India at the age of 
one year, are caring for the work with their two chil- 
dren Betty Jean, eleven, and Margaret, five. During 
Ruth's childhood in India she had as her playmates the 
boys and girls who now are teachers, preachers and 
leaders in the India church. Soon after the Brookses 
arrived in India after their furlough in December of 
1935 both the girls were attacked with measles and 
Betty Jean's complications and continued weakness 
kept her out of school the entire year of 1936. But in 
all her serious illness she was very patient and uncom- 
plaining. Happily she has at last recovered, for which 
all are thankful. 

The winter season is the touring season in India and 
the Brookses have a large territory to cover along with 
their other work. At Jalalpor there has developed a 
demand for English services on Sunday along with the 
Gujarati. The educated as well as the illiterate are 
desirous of hearing the gospel message. Pray that 
health, strength and guidance be given the Brookses as 
they minister to the multitudes around and to the seek- 
ers who come by day and by night. 

Pray also for Nathalal M. Maida, preacher and elder 
at Unai, for Damodar Ponchabhai, also preacher and 
elder living at Bhat where there has been much perse- 
cution. He has stood faithful to his task through it all. 
Pray for Chagganlal who has helped much to build up 
the work at Machad and in and around Jalalpor in pas- 
toral work. Pray for the other teachers and workers 
in the outlying districts. Pray for all who come in 
touch with some of the sixty millions of outcastes. 
Many of them are renouncing Hinduism and seeking 
the light and the better way. Pray that they may be 
guided to him who is the Light of the world. 

La Verne, Calif. 

Dr. Ambedkar' s Version 

(Sent to the "Christian Century," Chicago) 

" Dr. Ambedkar tells me," says J. Holmes Smith of 
India, "that the correspondence with Dr. Moonji of the 
Hindu Mahasabha was purely tentative and explora- 
tory. He had been pressed by Hindu leaders like Dr. 
Moone and Dr. Kurtakoti, the Shankaracharya of 
Nasik, for some tentative agreement in case the de- 
pressed classes decide to embrace Sikhism, and con- 
tingent upon the acceptance of the Hindu community. 
I asked Dr. Ambedkar if he had ever made a declar- 
ation in favor of Sikhism. He replied that he had not. 
I referred to the report, in at least two Indian news- 
papers six weeks ago, that he was irrevocably com- 
mitted to Sikhism. He declared that this was untrue, 
that he had never made such a statement or such a de- 
cision and that possibly certain remarks of the editor 
of Janta, a Marathi paper to which he frequently con- 
tributes, may have been misinterpreted. 

There have been not a few rumors regarding Dr. 
Ambedkar and his decision which have gone the rounds 
of the press in India, only to be exploded. A cheap 
way of discrediting any movement is to spread confus- 
ing rumors about it in the hope that the shallower pub- 
lic will soon be disposed to laugh the whole matter out 
of court. A few weeks ago a tall stofy about " Ma- 
hatma Gandhi's Conversion to Islam " went the rounds 
of the Mohammedan press, its momentum scarcely 
diminished even after its exposure by Gandhi himself 
as a lie out of the whole cloth. 

Questioned as to what evidence he might give that 
his movement is deeper than a mere political stunt, Dr. 
Ambedkar said : " I have stopped trying to answer all 
of the attacks which are made upon me and have ceased 
trying to clear up all of the misapprehensions. I shall 
go my way v/ith a clear conscience and let the world 
think what it will. At any rate," he said, " you could 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 


not convince the Hindus against their will that I am 
sincere and unselfish in this stand I have taken." He 
declared that this depressed classes situation offers 
unrivaled opportunity for corruption and exploitation. 
He added: " Every day I pray to God to keep my 
conscience clear. But, after all, nobody is able to see 
what another man's motives are." I replied, " But one 
may judge by the man's actions." To this he readily 
assented, and added: " Let them see if I take the path 
of personal gain. Ever since I got set up in my career 
I have had a sense of responsibility for my people and 
that has kept me true. But I have no army, and if my 
people do not choose to go with me, that is for them 
to decide." 

The final word in a situation as fraught with king- 
dom possibilities as is this depressed classes crisis- 
must be an appeal to our kingdom comrades afar to 
join us in the prayerful endeavor to see this situation 
steadily and see it whole. It deserves our best, for it 
is manifestly one of the most significant crises in king- 
dom of God history. 

News From the Field 

Tai Yuan 

Our Love Feast Service 

On Sunday, Nov. 29, we held our love feast and commun- 
ion service. We expected and prepared for more people 
than at any time previous. But to our dismay the gov- 
ernor, the day before, issued an order that all male students, 
escorted by their teachers, should work on the roads on 
Sunday! In spite of this, however, thirty-three members 
surrounded the tables and enjoyed together a really spir- 
itual feast. We were indeed sorry that a number of our 
young members and a couple teachers were prohibited 
from attending. Several young men, however, who had to 
report for forenoon duty rushed back to the church just 
in time for the special service which was held at noon. 

The order just given for student labor on Sunday, was an 
every week affair until Christmas. It is disheartening, to 
say the least, to carry forward our religious activities 
against such odds. But at the same time it is encouraging 
when one sees how these young men put forth the most 
strenuous efforts to finish the jobs assigned them and rush 
smilingly back to take part in music practice or in church 

Women's Meetings 

Since our last writing we have been having women's 
meetings at the church more frequently than before, and 
with added attendance. On one occasion Sister Mary 
Schaeffer of Ping Ting gave a much appreciated address. 
On another Sister Minneva Neher of Show Yang gave a 
deeply spiritual message. At another time our own Sister 
Laura Shock brought us a fine message. At the last meet- 
ing, a week ago, Mr. Wang Ming Tao, a prominent evan- 
gelist, who was at the time holding meetings in our city, 
was invited to speak to the women. The church was al- 
most filled with an appreciative audience, and the mes- 
sage was an excellent one. 

Welcome Visitors 

A few weeks ago we were delighted to have Brother and 
Sister F. H. Crumpacker visit our station, they having 
just returned from furlough. Bro. Crumpacker's sermon 
on Sunday morning was most appreciated. 

Brother and Sister J. P. Overholtzer of Covina, Calif., 
paid us a short visit in October. They were spending sev- 
eral months touring the far east and decided while as near 
as Peiping to spend a few days in this province seeing the 
work of our mission. It was a real pleasure to meet these 
fine people from the home church in America. 

A recent visitor in our midst was Lady Hosie of England. 
Her father, Dr. W. E. Soothill, was once a missionary here 
and a former president of Shansi University. She was 
much in demand as a speaker while here because of her 
close connection with and deep love for China. She her- 
self has written a number of books on China and things 

Personal and Various 

Sister Laura Shock is having an unusually busy fall with 
Bible classes, home teaching and some English teaching in 
two of the schools of the city. Her home has ever an 
open door to students. Some come for classes, others just 
to visit, some to sing, and not a few to ask help and direc- 
tion with personal problems. 

The Y. M. C. A. has just closed a campaign for funds 
and members. It has been decidedly an uphill task this 
fall to raise money when everything is very expensive and 
all prices continually soaring. The new secretary, Miss 
Cheng Tsui Hsiang, a local Shansi girl, is certainly a tire- 
less worker and is putting forth every effort to enlarge the 
interests of the association. 

Bro. Myers has just returned from attending meetings 
of the Religious Educational Committee of the National 
Christian Council held near Shanghai. He feels most op- 
timistic over the outlook in preparation for the various 
religious activities being undertaken for the furtherance of 
the gospel among all classes of Chinese. 

The co-operative open-air preaching center here in the 
city has closed for the winter because of the cold weather. 
Workers being scarce, several church groups co-operated, 
helping each other and taking turns so that every day the 
seed was sown. We hope and trust that much of it fell 
on good soil among the hundreds who listened. A number 
have expressed a desire to learn more about the gospel and 
have become inquirers. Workers in the several churches 
are looking after the follow-up work. 

Being Mission Secretary, Bro. Myers has just visited 
the different stations and found the work on the whole in 
a healthy and hopeful condition resulting from the splendid 
efforts of our workers. Problems there are and always 
will be as long as the church is alive. 

At this writing an Institute in Co-operatives is being held 
at the Y. M. C. A. Pastor Yin and Evangelist Wang of 
Ping Ting Chou are attending. Delegates from neighbor- 
ing missions are also in attendance. 


Tent Life 

This will be a busy winter for us in camp. These will be 
our last months before we leave on furlough. Anklesvar is 
a large field and the people are pressing us for teaching 
and baptism. (Continued on Page 21) 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 


Calendar for Sunday, January 24 

The Sunday-school Lesson Topics listed are those of the Inter- 
national Uniform Lessons, copyrighted by the International Council 
of Religious Education, and used by permission. 

Sunday- school Lesson, Two Miracles of Mercy. — John 5 : 
2-9; 6: 8-15. 

Christian Workers, More Life Sketches of Pioneer Mis- 

B. Y. P. D., In Bura Land. 

Intermediates, Some African Builders of Bridges. 
,;, »$, .;» ♦♦«. 

Gains (or the Kingdom 

One baptism in Sterling church, Colo. 

Two baptisms in Hermosa Beach church, Calif. 

Six baptisms in Central church, Roanoke, Va., Bro. Earl 
Fike, evangelist. 

Four baptisms in Bethel church, Ind., Bro. Howard Krei- 
der of Milford, Ind., evangelist. 

Eight baptisms in Washington City church, D. C, Bro. J. 
M. Henry of Bridgewater, Va., evangelist. 

Six received into Beans Chapel church, W. Va., Bro. H. 
C. Sanders of Auburn, W. Va., evangelist. 

Twenty accepted Christ in Beaver Run church, W. Va., 
Bro. Ernest Muntzing of Clarksburg, W. Va., evangelist. 

Sixteen baptized and three reclaimed in Wabash City 
church, Ind., Bro. Chas. Oberlin of Peru, Ind., evangelist. 

Five added to the Allison Prairie church, 111., and two re- 
claimed, Bro. J. L. Guthrie of La Fayette, Ohio, evangelist. 

Forty-three baptized and three reclaimed in New Fair- 
view church, Pa., Bro. Rufus Bucher of Quarryville, Pa., 

Eight baptisms in Brown's Mill house, Bro. Graybill 
Hershey, evangelist; and seven baptisms at Hade house, 
Bro. A. M. Niswander, evangelist; both in Falling Springs 
congregation, Pa. 

Sister Sara Beahm Miller says : " The lady about whom 
I wrote is not loved even as [she was loved] more than 
thirty years ago ; she is loved even more than [she was 
loved] thirty years ago." She is referring to her article in 
the Messenger, January 2, page 13, last sentence but one. 
That "as" should have been omitted. 

Dr. Barbara Nickey of the India mission field has been 
in the homeland for some months. Last Friday the fifteenth 
she came to Elgin for contact with the mission offices, fel- 
lowship with friends, missionary and others. She was the 
special guest of Sister Anetta Mow. Part of her furlough 
has been given to advanced study in New York City in fur- 
ther preparation for her work. 

Bro. R. E. Mohler of McPherson, referring to his great 
sorrow but not asking for this mention here, says : " I wish 
that I could reply to each letter that I have received but 
I can not for already the number is more than a thousand 
and I received fifty letters this morning. They all help but 
at times it seems the burden is almost too great. I have 
received some help that I can not explain." 

Eld. John Heckman of Polo, 111., was one of the boys who 
attended that Sunday school in Daniel Vaniman's barn. He 
writes : " That barn Sunday school wielded a most whole- 
some influence on the membership. Many opposers saw 
the good work that Sunday school could and would do and 
became its supporters. It was not long until the Sunday 
school was invited into the Pleasant Hill church house." 

Bro. Ezra Lutz and wife of Lena, 111., celebrated the fif- 
ty-fourth anniversary of their marriage on Dec. 14, last, but 
it was not until last week that we learned of it. Bro. Lutz 
has given forty-four years to the service of the church in 
the Christian ministry. We are indeed sorry that Sister 
Lutz is " still greatly afflicted with arthritis," as she has 
been for years. " She likes to read, mostly in her wheel 
chair. She delights in reading the Messenger." 

Our Evangelists 

Will you share the burden which these laborers carry? Will you pray 
for the success of these meetings? 

Bro. Chas. Dumond, the pastor, Feb. 1 in Sterling church, 

Bro. Russell G. West of Roanoke, Va., March 2-12 in the 
church at Frederick, Md. 

Bro. John T. Glick of Bridgewater, Va., March 7 at 
Downsville church, Manor congregation, Md. 

Brother and Sister Oliver H. Austin of McPherson, Kans. 
Jan. 20 to Feb. 7 in the church at Phoenix, Ariz. 

Bro. A. P. Musselman of Lima, Ohio, Feb. 7 instead of 
Jan. 7 in Defiance church, Ohio (closing with a love feast 
Feb. 22) ; Jan. 17 in Union Grove church, Ind. 

* «$► * * 
Personal Mention 

Sister Elizabeth Broughman has time for a few more 
meetings during 1937. Churches desiring her services will 
please communicate with her as soon as practicable at 
Buchanan, Va., R. 1, Box 90. 

President Studebaker of La Verne College made a hur- 
ried Elgin stop last Saturday afternoon on his way home 
from the meeting of the General Education Board. It was 
out of office hours and only a few of us got to see him but 
enough to leave no doubt as to his identity. 

lia Till® Ntasstl 

Editorial — 

Daily Devotions (C. N. E.) 2 

Where Thy Treasure Is (E. F.) 3 

The World From a Bed (H. A. B.) 3 

Dr. Gordon's Farmer Preachers (J. E. M.) 3 

Can the Church College Live? (E. F.) 4 

Kingdom Gleanings 16, 17 

The General Forum — 

Not Peace . . . But a Sword (Verse). By Pauline Good S 

Perils of the Small Country Church. By Oliver H. Austin 5 

When God Dwells Within. By Perry Williams 6 

The Infallible Guide. By Lester E. Fike 6 

A New Task for the Church.— No. 2. By Floyd M. Irvin 7 

Prayer (Verse). By Vera Emmert Johansen 8 

The Unfinished Task. By Mrs. Owen Horton 9 

A Talebearer. By C. W. Davis 9 

Elder Christian Hansen. By J. F. Graybill 10 

Home and Family — 

Enough to Know (Verse) 11 

When Bob Gave God a Chance.— No. 10. By Eleanor R. Freese 11 

Life— A Trust. By P. F. Eckerle 13 

What Do They See? By Chester Shuler 13 

Our Mission Work — 

What to Pray For. By D. L. Forney 14 

Dr. Ambedkar's Version. By J. Holmes Smith 14 

News From the Field. By Sarah Z. Myers, Anna Lichty 15 

The Church at Work— 

A Home Mission Church Comes to Self-support; Testimony of the 
District Mission Board; Missions and World Peace; In Defense of 
Defense; A Long List of Tithers; The Beginners' Teacher at Work; 
About Reading; Youth and Missions; Mission Study for Every- 
one 18-23 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 


Miscellaneous Items 

Hie 1937 Summer Assembly of Northeastern Ohio will 
be held Aug. 3 to 6. Bro. C. A. Helm of Ashland says Dr. 
D. W. Kurtz will be present throughout the meeting. 

The Akron church of Northeastern Ohio, Bro. C. H. Pet- 
ry, pastor, will sponsor a radio program over station WJW 
(1210) of Akron, Sunday, Jan. 24, 3 : 30 to 4: 00 P. M., East- 
ern Standard time. 

The Juniata College choir of thirty voices, Prof. C. L. 
Rowland directing, will broadcast over station WBAL, 
Baltimore, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2:30 to 3:00 P. M. The 
choir begins a week's tour Sunday, Jan. 31. We may be 
able to advise you of other opportunities to hear it. 

" If everybody everywhere were happy, if everybody ev- 
erywhere had a job with decent pay and decent hours, with 
an opportunity to bring children up the right way in a 
good home amid healthy surroundings, if all peoples of all 
nations had proper living standards and the outlook for 
the future seemed bright, there would be no wars. The 
road to peace is truly through well-being at home, uni- 
versally applied." Sister Florence Wieand Noffsinger 
found it in a newspaper. 

Sunday, Feb. 14, is the time for taking the Annual 
Achievement Offering. As the name indicates, this offer- 
ing represents the final effort upon the' part of the churches 
ot the brotherhood to reach the goal set for the year. The 
purpose of the offering is to do our best to meet the whole 
missionary and service work needs of the Church of the 
Brethren. Pastors, elders and others have received litera- 
ture which will help them to plan for this offering. The 
General Mission Board invites correspondence relative to 
the February Achievement Offering. 

Messengers on Monday 

Messengers on Monday, in place of Saturday, is a situa- 
tion which has given us much concern in recent years. In 
the good old days the Messenger went to press by Tuesday 
noon. As finished papers came through Messengers were 
first mailed to the most distant points and to the places 
with poor mail connections. The finish of the mailing was 
to the points nearest Elgin, with the last of the Messengers 
in the mails not later than Thursday afternoon. With this 
arrangement all Messengers should arrive in time for read- 
ers to get them on Saturday, the date carried by the paper. 
And it seems they did so arrive in the days when farmers 
drove to town on Saturday to do their trading. But now 
we finish the Messenger a whole day sooner, or go to press 
by Monday noon, yet the paper is often not received by 
Saturday of the week of issue, but the following Monday ! 
Take a recent case. Canton, 111., is less than 200 miles from 
Elgin. Yet one week Messengers mailed Thursday after- 
noon were not received until the following Tuesday! What 
is the reason for the present poor mail service? We have 
moved the time of going to press back a whole day, and 
still have difficulty in getting the paper to readers on time. 
But we can not move the day for closing Messenger forms 
back any farther without seriously crippling our news serv- 
ice to the churches. The remedy lies chiefly in checking 
up on your mail service. Mail is now sorted at central 
terminals, like Chicago, in place of on the train. This re- 
sults in delays, especially when mail is heavy and with 
preference given to first-class mail. We will be glad to 
hear from those receiving Messengers on Monday, if this 
is a common occurrence. Perhaps by checking up on the 
mail service, or by advancing your mailing date we can 
still get Messengers through by Saturday. 

The Fellowship of Prayer, a booklet of daily readings for 
use during the Lenten season is available again this year. 
Those who have used it know its worth; those who have 
not might well get acquainted with it. Order from the De- 
partment of Evangelism, Federal Council of Churches, 105 
E. 22nd St., New York, N. Y. Price : 3c per copy ; $2 per 

Annual District Meeting for the women of southern Ohio 
will be held on Feb. 10 at Gratis, Ohio. The program looks 
very interesting. Along with the addresses of Brother and 
Sister H. Stover Kulp of our Africa mission, special music 
and brief messages on peace and temperance will be given. 
May this be a great day of spiritual fellowship. — Mrs. Al- 
fred Flora, Trotwood, Ohio. 

Messenger club lists are coming in now in goodly num- 
bers. However, there seems to be a little confusion as to 
the terms of the special offer. One of the conditions justi- 
fying such a radical reduction in price is that cash should 
accompany the order. Please remember that no money is 
made on your church paper. For years it has been pub- 
lished at a loss, as are most church papers. The business 
justification for price reduction under such conditions is 
that substantial saving be realized through much larger 
orders on a cash basis. In this way overhead expense is 
reduced. The saving thus effected we try to pass along in 
a special cash club rate to the churches making the sav- 
ings possible. 

* * * * 

Neutrality ! Neu trality ! 

It looks like the storm is about to break in Europe. Are 
we going to stay out of it? Much depends upon the neu- 
trality law which is passed in this session of congress. 
And the passage of a strong neutrality law depends upon 
the senators and congressmen hearing from the people 
back home. 

" I value one personal letter more than a thousand names 
signed to a petition," said Senator Nye to me. That same 
thing is true of more than one senator. In fact, it is gen- 
erally true. Then will you write a personal letter to your 
senators and congressmen telling them what you think 
about neutrality? 

Tell those who represent you in the government that you 
expect them to do their best to pass a strong neutrality 
law to keep this country out of war. I feel that such a law 
must provide for " mandatory embargoes to all belligerents 
on munitions and loans and credits, prohibition of travel 
by Americans on belligerent ships and the adoption of the 
principle of trade at the risk of the foreign government." 
If you agree with me include these provisions in your let- 

Senator Nye said that the only way to get the kind of a 
law we need is for the people to truly express themselves. 
The war-makers will express themselves. Strong forces 
are at work to defeat neutrality. Are you willing to take 
enough time to write a personal letter to put yourself on 
record? You have an Annual Conference Committee to 
give young people advice in a war crisis. How about do- 
ing our best to keep out of war! Let us maintain an island 
of sanity here. 

Ministers, will you present this matter to your churches? 
Sunday-school superintendents, will you present this to your 
classes? Will you all co-operate in getting thousands of 
letters coming into Washington expressing the peace con- 
victions of a peace loving people on this matter of neu- 
trality? — Rufus D. Bowman. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 



A Home Mission Church Comes to Self-support 

This section of West Virginia fell under the jurisdiction 
of the Manor and Welsh Run congregations for some time 
in the middle of the nineteenth century. Then about 1870 
Brethren Brindle and Stuckey came to Martinsburg and 

preached in schoolhouses and halls. The scattered mem- 
bers of the district came together in 1882 and built the 
Vanclevesville house, and two years later the house at 
Johnsontown. Brethren Long, Martin and Stauffer will be 
remembered in connection with these two houses. It was 
about 1904 that my husband (C. L. Miller, now gone to his 
reward) and I moved into the city of Martinsburg and 
opened our house to a Sunday school. Prior to this, the 
names of Brethren Bricker, Jennings, Turner, Barnes, Utz, 
Butterbaugh and Lowry will be remembered for their ac- 
tivities. Between the years 1905 and 1910 Brethren Wil- 
liamson and Grubb were elected to the ministry, the latter 
still residing in this section, though now a member of the 
Leetown congregation. 

Early in the twentieth century the Mission Board took 
over the work here and sent Brethren Steerman and Clap- 
per to us. Our little informal Sunday school was organ- 
ized in 1914 with Bro. I. W. Gochenour as first superin- 
tendent. Bro. Gochenour continues a member of the pres- 
ent congregation. From 1919 till 1928 our group grew to 
the extent we were justified in renting a hall in the down- 
town section. In 1924 the Mission Board sent Bro. Norman 
Wilson to us, and the Lord called him home the same year. 
Walter Young was sent to succeed Norman Wilson and 
stayed one year. In 1926 Bro. F. E. McCoy was sent here 
and during his very able leadership the group purchased a 
dwelling house on High Street and converted it into the 
present church. Bro. J. W. ' Gish succeeded Bro. McCoy 
in 1932 and under his leadership a new Sunday-school room 
was built to the rear of the present church. 

On July 1, 1933 our present pastor, Harold Snider, was 
sent to us by the Mission Board. In April of the follow- 
ing year the Berkeley congregation was dissolved and in its 
place arose two congregations: Martinsburg (including 
the Vanclevesville house) ; and also Leetown, which em- 
braced the St. Margarets appointment. 

Since that time the congregation here has made^ rapid 
strides, and Bro. Snider maintains that this has been made 
possible solely through the splendid co-operation on the 

part of the congregation. During Bro. Snider's first year 
with us we reduced the Mission Board aid by one-half, and 
the following year eliminated it entirely. The congrega- 
tion has grown from 149 members in 1934 to 241 today, 
and the offerings have climbed steadily until today we raise 
approximately $1,500 yearly in the church as compared 
with approximately $350 to $400 prior to this time. This 
is largely attributable to the envelope system which has 
been in use the past three years. Now we are in the midst 
of a building campaign, finding the present building entire- 
ly too small to meet our needs. If the Lord continues to 
bless us here in Martinsburg we firmly believe the new 
building will be completed in another year's time. 

The attitude in the congregation today is the finest I have 
seen in my many years, and with this continued co-opera- 
tion and loyalty, we believe there is much in store for the 
Church of the Brethren in Martinsburg. — Mrs. Casper L. 
Miller, Martinsburg, W. Va. 

Bro. Harold Snider 

Testimony of the District Mission Board 

I have been associated with the work at Martinsburg for 
the last twenty years, during which time there has been 
much progress made. In the early years the struggling 
congregation was without a meet- 
inghouse and Sister Casper Miller 
deserves a great deal of credit for 
throwing open her house for Sun- 
day-school and church services. 
Sister Miller was instrumental in 
beginning a Ladies' Aid society 
which accumulated funds for a 
church site. The District Mission 
Board lent aid and a good location 
was secured. A partial payment 
was made and the remainder was 
secured by mortgage which after a 
time was foreclosed. During these 
unfortunate years church services 
were being held in a lodge hall. 
When a church building of another denomination came 
on the market, the district aided the members in purchas- 
ing it. This is the present church which has been re- 
modeled. After the congregation had a permanent place of 
worship, it began to grow, although it was without a pastor 
for some time. 

Those who have served as pastors include : Brethren 
Young, Wilson, McCoy, Gish and Bro. Snider. From Bro. 
McCoy's term until now the present Mission Board has 
assumed the oversight of the congregation. The support 
received from the district up until it became self-support- 
ing was three to one. 

When the present board took over the work there were 
several changes necessary, one being the dividing of the 
Berkeley congregation of which Martinsburg was a part. 
This division rather centered the efforts of those around 
Martinsburg, on Martinsburg, than scattering the support. 

Much of the credit for making the church self-supporting 
should go to certain individuals, namely: the Sunday- 
school superintendent, Bro. John Lightner and the pastor, 
Bro. Harold Snider and others. The pastor and superin- 
tendent have co-operated in putting on class projects, the 
envelope system and in teaching the people " giving to the 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 


Lord's work." Bro. and Sister Snider are doing an effec- 
tive piece of work and through the co-operation of the con- 
gregation with them, Martinsburg is now self-supporting. — 
H. R. Rowland, Hagerstown, Md. 


Missions and World Peace 

Sunday, January 31 
Isa. 11: 1-9 
I. Missions Believe Firmly in the Unity of the World. 
II. Christian Message Is the Only Hope of Peace. 

III. Missionaries Help Us to Understand Other Peoples. 

IV. Missionaries Influence Governments and Leaders. 
V. Missionaries' Work Leads to Peace and Goodwill. 

VI. Great Thought From Missionaries of Peace. 

This outline is based on the program, " Missions and 
World Peace," prepared by Anetta C. Mow, and may be 
obtained from the General Mission Board for Sc, or see 
your missionary committee. 


In Defense of Defense 

I have a neighbor with whom I wish to be a friend. He 
also wants to be a friend of mine, and we both agree that 
we must get along peacefully together, doing everything 
possible to further mutual understanding and friendship. In 
order to show him my good intentions I built a high barbed- 
wire fence with steel pickets on top between his house and 
mine. He, in turn, to convince me of his friendship put a 
ferocious dog in his back yard. I then put bulletproof 
glass in the window on his side and started to wear large 
pistols in my belt. The other day I saw him moving sup- 
plies of poison gas and hand grenades into his house. Now 
I have a machine gun mounted in the front yard, and for 
the life of me I can't understand why we don't get along 
better — From the New Mexico Lobo. 


A Long List of Tithers 

The Buena Vista, Virginia, church believes that it has 
one of the longest lists of tithers in our district, the num- 
ber having now reached twenty-seven. 

For a long time finances have been the one great prob- 
lem in our church. After much prayer and consideration 
on the part of leaders, it was decided to ask the church in 
council to adopt tithing as our approved method of giving. 
This action was accepted by the church in regular council. 
This only meant that the church accepted tithing as Bib- 
lical. It did not mean that every member would be re- 
quired to give one-tenth of his or her earnings to the Lord. 

Our next step was to secure the service of a well in- 
formed man in the field of church finance, outside of our 
congregation, to assist the board in the annual canvass 
(which was made just before Christmas). Such a man was 
found in the person of Bro. John T. Glick of Bridgewater, 
Va. For one week Bro. Glick labored with us, beginning 
the campaign with a strong sermon on Sunday morning 
on the subject of giving. Immediately after the service the 
finance board met and made their pledges first. 

Each day, a member of the board, or some other person 
deeply interested in the progress of the church, accom- 
panied Bro. Glick as he canvassed the membership. 

The result was that pledges to the amount of $1,200 above 

the approved yearly budget were made. Bro. Glick informs 
us that the pledges were made freely and without pressure, 
and that almost all the members pledged. 

We certainly feel that the Lord directed us in this pro- 
cedure and that our success was only due to our co-operat- 
ing with him. 

We also realize that our work has just begun and that 
the next big task will be to "feed the flock" so that their 
desire will be to pay their vows. 

If seventy-five per cent of the pledges are paid, we will 
be able to carry on without the help from the district, 
which will be a new experience for our church which is 
now about twenty-seven years old. 

Will you not pray for us that God may bless our members 
financially that they may be able to carry out the work 
as it has been planned. 

If the experience of our church helps another church to 
solve its financial problem, the writer of this article will be 
more than repaid. — W. G. Kinzie. 


The Beginners Teacher at Work 

If there is a beginners teacher who feels she does not 
need to prepare anything for Sunday because she is teach- 
ing only beginners, she might as well give her resignation 
to the superintendent and let somebody lead the group who 
senses the responsibility. But of course, you are not that 
kind of a leader, for you realize how alert you must be to 
keep ahead of those kindergarten children who meet with 
you each week. 

Perhaps you are like Miss S. She works at her job of 
teaching beginners from Sunday to Sunday. Her week 
is sometimes like this : 

Monday: Uses telephone to call the mothers of Billie 
and Anna to learn why they were absent on Sunday. Sends 
cards or papers to those who were absent who have no 

Tuesday: Attends leadership training class in the com- 
munity school. Shares and gains new ideas with other 
workers with children. She wonders why more teachers 
don't come to the class. She feels more like teaching 
when she hears of such interesting things to do with chil- 

Wednesday: Reads over lesson suggestions for the fol- 
lowing Sunday. Discovers she will need silver stars and 
construction paper for the session, as well as pictures of 
daytime or night. Hunts through old magazines for suita- 
ble pictures. 

Thursday: Visits stationery store to procure needed ma- 
terials. Studies assignments for leadership training class. 

Friday: Takes a flower to Charles who is sick with 
measles. Delivers to him also the scrapbook which the be- 
ginners made for him last Sunday. 

Saturday: Studies lesson text, Biblical material and sug- 
gested stories for the Sunday period. Selects suitable 
songs which might be used in connection with the lesson 
objectives. Notes the numbers and books in which they 
are found. Selects pictures from the file that suggest 
God's gift of day and night. Makes a session outline, in- 
cluding presession activities, worship possibilities, lesson 
story and related activities, birthday recognition, closing 
moments. Makes a sample folder illustrating day and 
night. Types little verses from Bible or a poem which 
children may paste in their folders. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 

Sunday: Packs brief case with pictures, activity ma- 
terials, songbooks, lesson text and Bible. Leaves home 
early so as to prepare the room for children. Places fin- 
ished folder on table with construction paper, paste, scis- 
sors, silver stars, gold suns, and typed verses, so they will 
be ready to use later. Arranges a few flowers or a plant 
by a picture which she is going to use to induce worship. 
Places slip of paper with songs and their books and num- 
bers on the piano for the pianist to follow as she calls for 
them. Greets the first comers with a cheery welcome and 
sets 'hem to work at some interest center. Procedes to 
enjoy the session with the children, and is sorry the clock 
go*"- *o fast. — Mary Grace Martin. 


About Reading 

An iniermediate leader needs to read. Check up on your- 
self and see how many new books you have read. Perhaps 
your picture of yourself as a well-read intermediate leader 
is based on a book you read four years ago. Or it may be 
that you know the titles of some recommended books, and 
have glanced over their tables of contents. Read for the 
inspiration of the ideas of others, for the better under- 
standing of boys and girls, for your own growth. Perhaps 
a group of workers can pass around books that they own. 
Or you can make use of the books in the Brethren Loan 
Library — write for a catalogue from the General Boards, 22 
S. State St., Elgin, 111. 

Try to read at least three good books this winter- — one 

on the understanding of boys and girls, one on your own 

personal development, and perhaps the third on program 


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Youth and Missions 

III. What Youth Can Do 

The Christian youth sees in the mission work of the 
church his supreme opportunity to march forth along the 
open highways with what the world is most in need of — 
the message of hope and brotherhood of love — the gospel of 
Jesus Christ. What then are some of the things which 
youth can do? 

Youth can learn. Will we ever be able to get very far 
until we are intelligently informed on world conditions? 
Until we know by what forces and in what ways the lives 
of men are being influenced? And do we know what mis- 
sions are actually accomplishing in the world? Can we 
justify our ignorance when there is so easily available re- 
liable and up-to-date information? Just this year, for in- 
stance, three splendid books have been prepared for mis- 
sion study groups, Consider Africa, Out of Africa and The 
Story of the American Negro. What about having a dis- 
cussion group? Or couldn't young people form reading cir- 
cles and see how many folks in the church will read any 
or all of these books in the next three months? 

Youth can think. We need to think in different terms 
than we ever have done before. We need to think our 
task to scale — a world-wide scale. The mind of youth is 
such that it can think in these big terms which challenge 
to imagination. Let us be done with our little plans and 
our small efforts. They seem little more than child's play 
in face of the mighty task before us, the task about which 
we pray, " Thy kingdom come ... on earth." Let us 
get a mental grasp of the bigness of the work and then let 
us "attempt great things for God and expect great things 
from God-" 

Youth can go. Every Christian young man and young 
woman will " pray the Lord of the harvest that he thrust 
forth laborers into his harvest." And some day in answer 
to that prayer they will come face to face with the com- 
mand of the Master, "Go ye." And many will go in per-, 
son. Many others will go just as truly by offering their 
months and years in terms of money. This summer a 
young woman said : " I have prayed for a job and now I 
have a good position. In addition to what I give to my lo- 
cal church I am going to give five dollars a month to mis- 

We must all live now. Christian young men and women, 
what you can do is not for some future time. You are liv- 
ing now, and your influence is needed now. Wherever you 
may be, in school, at home, on the farm, or in the office, 
you can so live that others will come to know the power 
of the gospel of hope and love and brotherhood which 
possesses your own life. The time to live and give sacri- 
ficially is not at some future date when you think you will 
be in better position to help the work. It is now. And 
that is one of the thrills of the Christian life that any time, 
anywhere, my life may be so lived as to be an influence to 
make his will come on earth. — H. Stover Kulp. 


Mission Study for Everyone 

Well may the women rejoice that many groups of women 
are interested in mission study. More women are studying 
missions than are any other groups in our church ; how- 
ever, this comparison is not made as a matter of pride or 
of boasting, but only that our women may see the need 
and the opportunity of encouraging and helping other age 
groups to the study of missions and to desire to know more 
about the extent and growth of the church in all lands. 
No woman should rest content until she has helped to en- 
list other groups aside from the women to have definite 
classes for study. i 

If possible a school of missions should be held in every 
church. The different departments of the church can then 
be brought together for a week or several evenings of in- 
tensive s^udy. If a school can not be held, then attention 
should be given to the different classes and groups having 
some time for study within their own groups and classes. 
All the age groups are amply provided for this year and 
all the groups are interested in the same subject — namely, 
the colored race, both in Africa and in the United States. 
All the books, whether foreign or home, are rich in inter- 
esting source material. No church or school should allow 
1937 to pass by without having acquainted itself with the 
contents of these accessible bocks. 

The foreign book chosen for the adult group and also for 
the young people's group is Consider Africa, by Basil 
Mathews. The home books for these two groups are either 
Brown America, $1.25, A Preface to Racial Understanding, 
60c, or The Story of the American Negro, 60c. The wom- 
en's book is Congo Crosses, SOc. African Bridge Builders, 
60c has been selected for the Intermediates and In the 
African Bush, 75c and The Call Drum, 75c for the juniors. 
Along with these foreign books the elementary classes 
would find the home books dealing with the American 
Negro most beneficial. These books are Twelve Negro 
Americans, 60c and We Sing America, SOc. Source ma- 
terials and helps in the form of outlines are abundant for 
this year's study. 

Let it be the aim of every woman's group to not only 
work to interest the women of the church in mission study, 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 


but also to awaken a similar interest within each age 
group. It is not enough that the women of the church are 
interested in missions. All groups should be equally inter- 
ested if the church is to be a missionary-minded church. 

News From the Field 

(Continued From Page IS) 

Low Caste People Knocking at the Church Door 

The Dherds are insisting on coming into the church. Of 
course teaching is necessary. We are planning a big meet- 
ing with the leaders of Dherds from fifteen villages, in the 
near future. This area is responding so that we feel it is 
urgent to have a man and his wife out in the evangelistic 
field as soon as possible after we leave. 

Baby Girl Saved From a Railroad Track 

The baby girl brought to our door by the chief of po- 
lice is a darling. She came to us on my birthday, and since 
she was about one month old we have set Aug. 12 for her 
birthday. We have named her Chandra Lela Ishwardas, 
after the wonderful woman who found God after searching 
for him all over this land of India. The last name means 
Servant of God and we hope she will be a true servant of 

Tomorrow I am taking her to the Dahanu Baby Home. 
Only yesterday did we get final permission from the police 
to take her to the home. My, it is hard to part with her. 
She required tender nursing the first week for she was 
badly bruised and cut over her ribs on the right side. She 
ran a temperature for five or six days and added to this 
was the problem of finding the right diet for the tiny little 



Nov. 7 a union service was held at the Church of the 
Brethren in recognition of Armistice Day. The address 
was given by the pastor of the Presbyterian church on the 
theme, Seek Peace and Pursue It. 

Nov. 14 and 15 was the time set for the fiftieth annivers- 
ary and homecoming of the Quinter church. By eleven 
o'clock a goodly number of old-time friends from a dis- 
tance had come, also a fine representation of friends and 
neighbors of the community. The first service was by 
Bro. Miles Blickenstaff who now is pastor of the St. John 
church, Kans., In the afternoon an old-time service was led 
by D. A. Crist. Our memories were carried back the space 
of thirty-five or forty years by replacing the long minis- 
ters' table and benches for ministers and deacons, and the 
lining of old-time hymns in the old way. The Saturday 
evening sermon was delivered by Bro. Albert Williams of 
Thomas, Okla. Special music was furnished by the glee 
club led by the school music director. 

Sunday morning a large crowd assembled. The young 
people were in charge of Bro. J. J. Yoder who presented 
and discussed the Sunday-school lesson. Miles Blickenstaff 
discussed the lesson with the adults. The sermon at eleven 
o'clock was by Bro. Yoder on the subject, The Church of 

In the afternoon there was the reading of many letters 
and messages from a number of people who at one time la- 
bored and worshiped with the Quinter church. All were 
good and full of deep meaning; but one came nearest to the 
heart of the writer, that from our son and brother who thir- 

teen years ago held a revival at this place, namely Bro. J. 
Edwin Jarboe of Syracuse, Ind. He dedicated his message 
of remembrance to his father, J. W. Jarboe, deceased, who 
labored in the ministry at this place for many years. Beau- 
tiful golden chrysanthemums were presented by the Ladies' 
Aid for the occasion, one being given to Sister J. F. Blick- 
enstaff, who is the only charter member now living at this 

The theme for the afternoon was, Growing Old Beauti- 
fully. Bro. D. A. Crist has labored and sacrificed much of 
his talent and life to an appreciative body of members and 
also to the surrounding country for at least forty-five 
years. He now is numbered with those who are threescore 
and ten years but still quite active. Bro. Crist is the oldest 
minister and elder living in the Northwestern District of 

Some of the points stressed by the speakers were : that 
not all old things possess merit and value. Simply because 
a thing is old is not evidence that it is worth while or virtu- 
ous. Our task is to be able and forever wise enough to 
select the good and reject the worthless. 

Quinter, Kans. Mary M. Bishop. 


The experience related below came to us in a letter to- 
day and we felt it ought to be shared with the church at 
large. I quote : 

"We had a little happy experience last Saturday. Three 
men came to our place to hunt. They parked their car 
out front and asked if they might hunt on our farm. We 
gave them permission and after they had started, I re- 
marked to my daughter that I wished I might give them 
dinner and give what they would give in payment for mis- 
sions. When they returned from the hunt, father asked 
them if they would like to have dinner and they accepted. 
Sonny got milk for their dog and they gave him a dime. 
They ate dinner and gave us four dollars. They seemed to 
enjoy their dinner, and I wish I might have an opportunity 
like that every week to earn something for the Lord, and 
I would give it all. I am going to make that as one pledge 
for the coming year. Whatever I make in giving meals I 
am going to use for missions, and those I feed who are 
not able to give anything, I am counting as a cup of water 
in the Master's name." 

We happen to know this lady quite well. She lives on a 
farm and gives many meals. She is paid for some but gives 
many for which she is not paid. She never makes a charge 
but always leaves it to the person to pay what they feel 
like giving. The amount received above was much more 
than she usually receives. It is one of the few ways she 
has of getting money, and to give what she gets is a real 
sacrifice. We count it one of the finest spirits of conse- 
cration we have found lately. — A China Missionary. 


I am writing at the close of Christmas Day. It would 
have been quite nice to write before and have this letter 
appear in the Christmas number. But I neglected sending 
it in time. Yes, wife and I are in very good health for 
our age. Bro. Hoffer could tell you that. I am past 
seventy-five, but he docs not know about Sister Bowser; 
she just passed the seventieth anniversary a few weeks 
ago, or on Dec. 8, to be definite. 

We are still asked whether there is a Brethren church 
here. The nearest is Whitefish, about 115 miles north. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 

The Brethren there and we also are in the Flathead Valley, 
western Montana. They have a preaching place fifty-one 
miles north to which we have been a few times. 

The next question is: "Do you still preach?" Well, not 
very often. We attend a Sunday school made up of a num- 
ber of different denominations, using Methodist literature. 
I do my preaching there in the Bible class. I am not the 
teacher, I would not consent to that, because my hearing 
is not keen enough ; but my better half thinks I sometimes 
supplant the teacher. However, he appreciates my efforts, 
or at least he earnestly declares he does. By the way, he 
is not a Methodist, but a Baptist. Members of any denomi- 
nation are ligible to any office in our school. 

Yes, we enjoy it and feel quite at home, sometimes al- 
most forgetting that it is not a Brethren Sunday school. 
Have we then given up the Church of the Brethren? Oh, 
no, nor The Gospel Messenger either. We read each 
week what you folks in the east are doing, and those west 
of us too. 

I would like to tell you about the mountains — how they 
have snow up there when we do not here in the valley ; 
and about irrigation, the fruit and the people — some real 
nice Indians ; and so on. But I am afraid my letter would 
be too long. Then the editor might throw it in the waste- 
basket, and we would have nothing! Samuel Bowser. 

Ronan, Mont. 


Nov. 1, 1936. at the close of the morning service, Bro. S. 
C. Cubbage and wife were ordained to the eldership. Our 
elder had charge of the service, assisted by our pastor. 
In the evening of the same day we held our semiannual 
communion service with the largest attendance in the his- 
tory of our church. Nov. 4 our women's organization held 
a special luncheon conference for the women of the church. 
Guest speakers from the Women's Council of the District 
of Columbia Federation of Churches were present. They 
emphasized the need of our women taking a more active 
interest in the work to be done in connection with our 
hospitals and the juvenile court. 

In the afternoon of Nov. 8 there was a men's rally with 
Robert E. Mohler, executive secretary of the National 
Council of Men's Work, McPherson, Kans., as the guest 
speaker. The men's chorus of Hagerstown, Md., inspired 
us with a number of selections. Bro. Mohler also brought 
us a message in the evening. Nov. 15 a study course in 
Christian stewardship was begun by Bro. C. E. Resser. 
The same evening a peace drama was given entitled " No 
More Parades." Nov. 17 the fathers and sons' annual ban- 
quet was held with approximately 100 present. The pas- 
tor gave the principal address. Nov. 19 Rev. Arthur G. 
Slaght, director of the Christian Witness League, had 
charge of our prayer meeting service. 

Union Thanksgiving services were held at our church at 
which time Dr. Shera Montgomery, Chaplin of the House 
of Representatives, preached the sermon. Following the 
National Preaching Mission our former pastor, Bro. J. M. 
Henry of Bridgewater, Va., began a week's evangelistic 
meeting, as a result of which eight have been baptized. 
Bro. Henry's efforts were much appreciated as he has many 
friends here. 

Dec. 15 our adult choir rendered a splendid program of 
favorite songs and hymns under the leadership of our direc- 
tor, Mrs. Iola Hollinger Bucher. Dec. 20 three babies were 
consecrated to the Lord. In the evening a Christmas drama 
was given entitled " The Nativity " at which time our jun- 

ior choir of approximately forty voices contributed much 
to the service by singing Christmas carols. 

On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, the women of our church, in 
co-operation with the Women's Council of the Federation 
of Churches, had charge of a Christmas service in one of 
the most congested colored alleys of our city. A Christmas 
tree was erected at the intersection of two alleys and 
candy, oranges and gifts were distributed among the col- 
ored children. The women of our church had previously 
visited in approximately fifty homes in this alley, in- 
vestigating living conditions and securing the names of the 
children. At this service Bro. J. H. Hollinger gave the 
story of the Christ Child and Christmas carols were sung, 
after which Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, wife of our Presi- 
dent, gave a short message. There were approximately 400 
present. This was the first effort of the kind to bring the 
Christmas message to the colored people of our city. The 
young people of our church conducted a similar service 
in another alley at the same time. After this service about 
twenty-five of our members visited the sick and shut-ins 
and sang Christmas carols for them. 

Dec. 31 a reception was held for the new members who 
were received by letter and baptism since our pastor and 
his wife, Brother and Sister Rufus Bowman, began their 
pastorate here. As each name was called they were pre- 
sented with a little gift from the pastor. This was fol- 
lowed by a program of entertainment after which refresh- 
ments were served. Then the young folks conducted a 
worship program, commenting on the old year and its ex- 
periences and the ambitions of the new. As the old year 
passed out and the new was ushered in our pastor led us 
in a fervent prayer of consecration. 

Washington, D. C. Mrs. Jacob H. Hollinger. 


The Regional Conference at McPherson College, Mc- 
Pherson, Kans., will be held Feb. 21-26. The main objec- 
tives are : to lead ministers and other Christian workers to 
a deeper appreciation of the Bible as a source of strength, 
inspiration and guidance; to encourage the rededication of 
lives to Christ and the work of his kingdom; to study local 
church problems with a view to ways and means of help, 
discovering also what part the college can play in this pro- 
gram. Lodging will be provided free and board at a nomi- 
nal rate. The day by day program is as follows : 


9:45 Sunday School at the McPherson Church 
10 : 45 Sermon, W. W. Slabaugh 

6 : 30 Address to College and High School Christian En- 
deavor, M. R. Zigler 
7:30 Sermon, "Jesus Stands Supreme," Rufus D. Bowman 


10 : 00 Bible Hour, " Luke's Gospel," W. W. Slabaugh 
11:00 Address, "Our Greatest Needs in Christian Educa- 
tion," Rufus D. Bowman 
12 : 00 Noon Recess 
1 : 30 Address, " Factors in a Successful Church," M. R. 

2:15 Bible Hour, "The Christian Approach to Economics," 

W. W. Slabaugh 
3 : 00 Music Hour, Director, Nevin W. Fisher 
7 : 30 Art and Expression Program, arranged by Miss 
Delia Lehman 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 


8:00 Address, "The World's Sunday School Convention," 
Rufus D. Bowman 


8:30-10:00 Ministers' Conference, "Training Leaders," 

Ruth Shriver 
8:30-10:00 Conference of Intermediate Workers, Ray- 
mond Peters 
10:00 Chapel Address, M. R. Zigler 
10:35-11:20 Bible Hour, "From Luke's Gospel," W. W. 

11:20-12:00 Address, "Our Need of God," Rufus D. Bow- 
12:00 Noon Recess 
1 : 30 Address, " Factors in a Successful Church," M. R. 

2:15 Bible Hour, "The Christian Approach to Politics," 

W. W. Slabaugh 
3:00 Music Hour, Nevin W. Fisher 

3:45 Motion Pictures, "Not One to Spare," Auspices El- 
gin Staff, Ruth Shriver in Charge 
7 : 30 Orchestra Program, Loren Crawford, Director 
8:00 Address, Conversion, "Except Ye Turn," Rufus D. 


8:30-10:00 Ministers' Conference, "Our Small Churches, 

What Can We Do About Them?"— V. F. Schwalm 
8 : 30-10 : 00 Conference of Children's Workers, Ruth 

10 : 00-10 : 30 Chapel Address, W. W. Slabaugh 
10:35-11:20 Bible Hour, W. W. Slabaugh 
11:20-12:00 Address, "Building a Dynamic Church," Rufus 

D. Bowman 
12 : 00 Noon Recess 
1 : 00 Address, " Factors in a Successful Church," M. R. 

2:15 Bible Hour, "The Christian Approach to Leisure," 

W. W. Slabaugh 
3:00 Music Hour, Nevin W. Fisher 
3:45 Motion Pictures, "Our Children's Money," Ruth 

Shriver in Charge 
7:30 Instrumental and Vocal Program, Arranged by Miss 

Jessie Brown 
8:00 Address, "Blessed Are the Peacemakers," Rufus D. 


: 30-10: 00 Ministers' Conference, "Planning the Future 
Program for the Churches of the McPherson Area," 
M. R. Zigler 
: 30-10: 00 Conference of Children's Workers, Ruth 

10:00 Chapel Address, Rufus D. Bowman 
10:35-11:20 Bible Hour, W. W. Slabaugh 
11:20-12:00 Address, "What Does Church Membership 

Mean?" Rufus D. Bowman 
12:00 Free Dinner to Conference Guests by Women's Coun- 
cil of the McPherson Church 
1:30-3:00 Men's Meeting, R. E. Mohler in Charge 
1 : 30-3 : 00 Women's Meeting, Mrs. V. F. Schwalm in 

3:00 Music Hour, Nevin W. Fisher 

3:45 Conference with District Peace Work Directors, 
C. E. Davis 
: 30 A Cappella Choir, Nevin W. Fisher, Director 
:00 Address, Speaker to be Supplied 


: 30-10: 00 Ministers' Conference, M. R. Zigler 

: 30-10: 00 Children's Workers, Ruth Shriver 

: 00 Address, Speaker to be Supplied 

: 00 Closing Service — Special Service for College Faculty, 

Students and All Guests of the Conference, W. W. 


The Program Committee. 


Anthony Senger, second child of Joseph and Sally 
Senger, was born Nov. 11, 1859, in Rockingham County, Va., 
and passed away at his home in Udell, Iowa, Dec. 16, 1936. 
He came to Iowa in the spring of 1877, locating in Keokuk 
County, near Kinross. 

He was married to Jennie Miller of North English, Iowa, 
in 1884. To this union was born one daughter who died in 
infancy. His wife died March 4, 1899. 

At the age of twenty-five years he united with the 
Church of the Brethren, later being elected to the minis- 
try; he served as an elder for twenty-nine years. Bro. 
Senger attended four different colleges, preparing for the 
ministry. He served his Master to the end. 

On April 6, 1900, he married Mrs. Mollie Glays and to this 
union were born three children who survive with his wife, 
two stepdaughters, also one brother, three half brothers, 
three half sisters and six grandchildren. 

Bro. Orlando Ogden conducted the funeral rites assisted 
by Bro. Brower of South English, at the Fairview church. 
The body was laid to rest in the Fairview cemetery. Bro. 
Senger requested that the flowers given in love for him 
be sent to the hospital in Centerville to help cheer the sick, 
and his request was granted. Mrs. Otto H. Carr. 

Moulton, Iowa. 


John H. Brubaker, son of Jacob and Anna Frantz Bru- 

baker, was born near New Carlisle, Ohio, May 15, 1852. He 

died at the St. Johns hospital in Springfield, 111., Dec. 17, 

1936, having reached the advanced 

age of 84 years, 7 months and 2 


When he was but eleven years 
old, with his parents he moved 
from Ohio to Virden, 111., settling 
on the farm now occupied by his 
son, Irvin. 

On Feb. 7, 1875, he was united 
in marriage to Lizzie Neher who 
passed to her reward Aug. 8, 1903. 
To this union were born seven 
children of whom two died in in- 

On May 26, 1909, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth 
Howe, who was a joy and comfort to him the remaining 
years of his life. 

He united with the Church of the Brethren at an early 
age to which he showed a devotion and loyalty exceeded 
by few. Because of his love and interest in the welfare of 
the church, he was early called to positions of responsi- 

It was the writer's privilege to live, for several years, in 
the home of Uncle John H., as he was generally known. 
This was at the time I was coming into young manhood. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 

He came to be my ideal in many respects. He was at that 
time a young minister and as I worked with him on the 
farm I soon discovered that his first concern was the work 
of the kingdom. 

He served the church as minister for over fifty years, 
sixteen of which he was the presiding elder. This service 
was rendered in a time known as the transition period in 
the history of the Church of the Brethren. He was very 
zealous in his efforts to keep the church pure and unspotted 
from the world and yet manifested a sympathetic under- 
standing for the views and feelings of others who chanced 
to differ with him. He spent much time away from home 
in his active ministry, preaching at various mission points in 
southern Illinois, doing it all in a spirit of earnest Christian 
service. Though he received no financial returns, he gave 
sacrificially of his own means, even as God had prospered 

He was at one time a trustee of Mount Morris College 
and served in numerous other civic and religious organi- 
zations. In all his activities, which brought him in con- 
tact with many people, he was recognized as a most kind, 
patient, and sincere man, honest in all his relations. It 
can be truly said of him, " He went about doing good." 

He retired from active work on his farm in 1916, and 
lived in Virden near the church since that time. He is sur- 
vived by a devoted wife, Elizabeth ; by two sons : D. Earl 
of La Verne, Calif., Irvin J. of Virden, 111. ; by three daugh- 
ters : Mrs. H. H. Masterson, San Diego, Calif., Mrs. Wm. 
M. Piatt, Linsday, Calif., and Mrs. Russell Filbrun, Virden, 
111. There are seven grandchildren and three great-grand- 
children. Two brothers also survive : S. S. Brubaker of 
Virden, III., and E. J. Brubaker of Girard, 111. 

North Manchester, Ind. W. H. Shull. 


Robert E. Mohler, director of Men's Work and chairman 
of the Board of Christian Education, is widely known in 
the brotherhood. His many friends will be saddened to 
know of the sudden and unexpected death of his good wife 
on Sunday, Jan. 4. 

Velma Esther Landis, the daughter of David and Hetty 
Leedy Landis, was born at Nashville, Mich., on Nov. 17, 
1889. She was the youngest of a family of six children. 
Her early life was spent in Woodland, Mich. Later at 
Mount Morris College she met Robert E. Mohler to whom 
she was married on June 23, 1913. This proved to be a 
happy marriage and was the beginning of a beautiful and 
unusually happy home. 

Mrs. Mohler came to McPherson as a bride and has lived 
here ever since, save for short intervals in the university. 
There are in the Mohler home three children : Elizabeth 
Ann, aged 17; Richard Ellsworth, aged 14; and Roberta 
Marie, aged 10. Mrs. Mohler will be remembered by all 
who knew her because of her love for her family and her 
home. No sacrifice was too great for her to make in be- 
half of those she loved. She was most generous in sharing 
her home with others. She was a lovely hostess who en- 
tertained freely and frequently many college students and 
other friends. She was most thoughtful of others both in 
their joys and sorrows and was quick to remember them 
with some token of love and affection. Her pleasant smile 
will be first in the memory of those who have known her 

She became a member of the Church of the Brethren 
early in life and throughout her life, she has been a truly 

faithful member. Every Sabbath with but rare exceptions, 
found her and her family in their accustomed place in the 
church. She shared her husband's interest in the college. 
Everything that affected the college and its welfare con- 
cerned her. Few women ever entered so sympathetically 
and helpfully into their husband's work. 

Those who have appreciated the services of Bro. Mohler 
in the far reaches of the brotherhood will realize that at 
home was a devoted wife and mother who was not only do- 
ing the utmost for the children, but was also holding him 
up at the throne of grace. 

Mrs. Mohler had not been in good health for some time. 
In an effort to seek relief and healing, she submitted to an 
operation on Dec. 31, 1936. She became seriously ill on 
Saturday, Jan. 2, and fell quietly asleep at four o'clock on 
Sunday, Jan. 3, 1937. She leaves to mourn her loss her 
husband and three children, two brothers — Jacob Landis of 
Manatee, Fla., and John Landis of Seattle, Wash. ; and 
three sisters, Lula Warner of Woodland, Mich., Kate 
Reinsch of Free Soil, Mich., and Mabel Balyeat of Sparta, 

Thus ends for this earthly life the career of a thought- 
ful, sympathetic neighbor, a charming hostess and home- 
maker, a most devoted wife, a loving sacrificial mother, and 
a faithful Christian. The large funeral held in the Mc- 
Pherson church on Jan. 4 was a testimony to the high re- 
gard in which this splendid family is held in the communi- 
ty. Services were conducted by Bro. Ray Zook assisted by 
the writer. An octette from the college provided beautiful 
music for the funeral service. 

McPherson, Kans. V. F. Schwalm. 


Please note that the fifty cents required for the publication of a 
marriage notice may be applied to a three months' Gospel Mes- 
senger subscription for the newly-married couple. Request should 
be made when the notice is sent, and full address given. 

Bussard-Grossmickle. — By the undersigned, at the parsonage, Beaver 
Creek, Md., Dec. 25, 1936, Bro. Albert C. Bussard and Sister Vada Re- 
becca Grossnickle, both of Myersville, Md.— E. C. Woodie, Hagerstown, 

Foster- Fagar. — By the undersigned, father of the bride, Dec. 20, 1936, 
at Glendora, Calif., in the Church of the Brethren, Bro. Homer L. 
Foster and Sister Eunice K. Fager, both of Glendora, Calif. — C. D. 
Fager, Chico, Calif. 

Leeper- Freeman. — Dec. 25, 1936, by the undersigned, Charles H. Lee- 
per and Dorothy S. Freeman, both of Lititz, Pa. — James M. Moore, 
Lititz, Pa. 

McKimmey-Wells. — By the undersigned, at his residence, on Dec. 24, 
1936, Bro. Claire McKimmey and Miss Helen Wells, both of Midland, 
Mich— J. A. Guthrie, Blissfield, Mich. 

Moore-Dick. — On Nov. 16, 1936, at the parsonage by Bro. D. O. Cot- 
trell, Hugh Moore of East Liberty and Sister Almaretta Dick of Belle- 
fontaine, Ohio. — Mrs. Luella Crim, Bellefontaine, Ohio. 

Smith -Snively. — Jan. 1, 1937, by the undersigned, at his residence, 
Gordon S. Smith of York, Pa., and Louise Snively of York, Pa.— James 
M. Moore, Lititz, Pa. 

Snyder-Wlhitmer. — By the undersigned, Dec. 24, 1936, at the home of 
the bride's parents, Midland, Mich., Bro. Frank Dale Snyder and Sis- 
ter Lola Mae Whitmer, both of Midland, Mich. — John L. Van Meter, 
Midland, Mich. 

Swarr-Garmam. — Dec. 31, 1936, by the undersigned, at the Church of 
the Brethren, John Howard Swarr of Mt. Joy, Pa., and Dorothy Arlene 
Garman of Lititz, Pa. — James M. Moore, Lititz, Pa. 

Whitmore-Fry. — Dec. 25, 1936, by the undersigned, at the home of 
Bro. Chas. Barkdoll in Warrenville, Mr. Albert Whitmore of Wheaton, 
111., and Miss Dorothy Fry of Naperville, 111.— Ralph E. White, Naper- 
ville, 111. 


Balsbaugh, Mrs. Harriett, widow of Eld. C. H. Balsbaugh, died on 
New Year's Day at the Milton Wright home at Kaufmans Station, 
where she was an inmate for ten days. Up to this time she lived alone 

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at her home in Mercersburg. She was 97 years old. She attended 
Sunday school and church regularly up until about two months ago. 
Her husband was a writer for The Gospel Messenger some years ago; 
many of our older people remember him. — Sarah A. Keller, Mercers- 
bury, Pa. 

Downs, Sister Maria, widow of Lewis O. Downs, who celebrated her 
one hundredth birthday Aug. 3, died Dec. 8, 1936, at the home of her 
daughter, Mrs. Harry M. Schnebly, Clearspring, Md. Despite her years 
she was quite active until about a week before her death when she 
was taken ill. She was the oldest of ten children born to Lewis and 
Hadassah Downey of Downsvillc, Md., and the last surviving member 
of the family. She could recall many interesting changes that took 
place in her home and community, and often told of her experiences 
during the Civil War. Feb. 11, 1870, both she and her husband united 
with the Church of the Brethren, Manor congregation, where they 
remained faithful members until death. Her husband died about forty 
years ago. Until about two years ago she rarely ever missed a com- 
munion service and was interested in all the activities of the church. 
She was the mother of eight children; she is survived by one son, one 
daughter and twenty-one grandchildren. Funeral service at the Manor 
church by Bro. Rowland Reichard and Rev. J. Wade Huffman. Inter- 
ment in the Manor cemetery. — Naomi H. Coffman, Fairplay, Md. 

Falis, Clinton H., born near Chatham, 111., Aug. 26, 1899, and died in 
the hospital, Springfield III. Dec. 14, 1936. He was the son of Wm. B. 
and Anna Fahs. His entire life was spent in the community in which 
he was born. In early youth he united with the Church of the Breth- 
ren. He served the church faithfully, ever ready and willing to do 
any task. He served as Sunday-school superintendent for a number 
of years. Aug. 22, 1926, he married Dorothy Brubaker. He leaves his 
wife, two children, his parents, three brothers and three sisters. Serv- 
ices by his pastor, E. F. Caslow, in the Virden church with interment 
in Pleasant Hill cemetery. — Lola T. Brubaker, Virden, 111. 

Fisher, Geo. W., son of John C. and Annie Catherine Fisher, was 
born April 20, 1884, on the farm where he resided all his life. He died 
at the Elkhart general hospital Dec. 29, 1936. He was married Jan. 24, 
1931, to Lillie Burkholder who survives with one brother and three 
sisters. He united with the Church of the Brethren at Gravelton in 
1913, retaining his membership there ever since. He was anointed the 
day of his departure. Funeral services in Union Center church by 
J. D. Frederick and the undersigned with interment in adjoining ceme- 
tery.— David Miller, Nappanee, Ind. 

Harden, Samuel, aged 69 years, died at his home in Cumberland, Md., 
Jan. 1, 1937. He was laid to rest in the cemetery at Hyndman, Pa. 
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Harden, three sons, four daughters, 
two brothers, two sisters twelve grandchildren and eight great-grand- 
children. He was one of the founders of the church at Cumberland and 
though he had been a semi-invalid, most of the time for the past 
fifteen years confined to his home, he had always taken a definite inter- 
est in the work of the church. We' feel that his passing is a great 
loss to the church, although he never was able to enter it. — C. L. 
Snoeberger, Cumberland, Md. 

Hohf, Ellen Jane, widow of Eld. David B. Hohf, of Heidelberg 
Township near Hanover, died Nov. 19, 1936, aged 84 years. She was 
a faithful member of the Church of the Brethren, Pleasant Hill congre- 
gation for many years, her husband having been presiding elder for 
twenty-two years. She leaves one daughter, four grandchildren, a 
number of great-grandchildren and four brothers. Funeral services at 
York Road Mennonite church by the writer, assisted by A. M. Hol- 
linger. Burial in cemetery adjoining the church.— Paul K. Newcomer, 
Spring Grove, Pa. 

Huff, Mary L., born May 18, 1863, died Dec. 16, 1936. She was a 
member of the Church of the Brethren for seven years. She leaves 
three sons and two daughters. Funeral services at Mummerts meet- 
inghouse near East Berlin by the writer. Interment in cemetery ad- 
joining the church. — Paul K. Newcomer, Spring Grove, Pa. 

Jacobs, Emery Eugene, infant son of Brother and Sister Ervin 
Jacobs, died at his parents' home in Abbottstown, Pa. Funeral serv- 
ices at the home by Bro. J. C. Sellers with interment in cemetery at 
Pleasant Hill.— Paul K. Newcomer, Spring Grove, Pa. 

Kepp, Sarah Ann, youngest daughter of Geo. and Elizabeth Dilling, 
was born in Blair County, Pa., Aug. 14, 1855, and died Dec. 2, 1936, at 
the home of her son, Harry Kepp, near Monticello, Ind. Her mother 
died when she was small. When she was nine years old, the family 
moved to Indiana where she made her home with an older sister. 
She married August Kepp Dec. 30, 1875. To this union eight children 
were born, two of whom died in early childhood. The other six are 
all married and have homes of their own. At the age of fourteen she 
united with the Church of the Brethren at Monticello, Ind., and lived 
a beautiful Christian life. In her younger years she taught in the 
Sunday school and also was chorister. For sixty-six years she served 
her Master in whatever way she could, helping to prepare the meals 
at love feast times, helping the Aid Society and giving generously of 
her finances. Since the death of her husband on June 19, 1933, she 
lived on the old homestead ncar*Montice!lo. For the past two years she 
had been living with her children. Funeral service at the Monticello 
church by Chas. Oberlin, a former pastor, assisted by her present pas- 
tor, Bro. Frederick Hollingshead. Burial in Pike Creek cemetery. — 
Geo. E. Kepp, Monticello, Ind. 

Krippner, Cora May, youngest of a family of six children, was born 
in Elkhart Township, to John and Susan Daniels, on Nov. 18, 1873; she 
died Dec. 26, 1936, at the hospital, Kendallville, Ind., after an illness 
of seven weeks. Her entire life was spent in the community of her 
birth. On May 11, 1891, she married Chas. Krippner, who preceded her 

on July 11, 1936. To this union were horn two sons. For a number of 
years she had been a member of the Wawaka Church of the Brethren. 
She leaves one son, grandso. , one sister and one brother. Funeral at 
the Wawaka church by her pastor. — Bury] E, Hoover. Wawaka, Ind. 

Meyers, Mrs. Sadie, daughter of Jacob and Sally Speicher, born in 
Somerset County, Pa., March 20, 1857, and died in her home in Mor- 
rill, Kans., Dec. 17, 1936. Dec. 12, 1878 she married Martin W. Meyers; 
to this union six children were born. In 1879 they moved to Kansas and 
settled on a farm near Morrill; in 1907 they moved into Morrill and 
established their home which was maintained until her death. Bro. 
Meyers preceded her five years ago. Early in life she gave her heart 
to Christ and united with the Church of the Brethren. The work of 
the church was kept uppermost in her heart and life. She was always 
ready and willing to give of time and means towards the Lord'9 work. 
Her last illness was caused by leakage of the heart which caused in- 
tense suffering during the last week of her life. She is survived by 
six children, thirteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one sis- 
ter and one brother. Funeral services from the church by the pas- 
tor, assisted by L. A. Myers. Interment in the Morrill cemetery. — 
Harvey R. Hostetler, Morrill, Kans. 

Neher, Amanda Creech, born April 10, 1879, in Hawkins County, 
Tenn. She moved to Kansas where she resided until 1914 when ^be- 
came to Idaho. Aug. 28, 1915, she married Jas. M. Carpenter. One 
daughter was born to them. Two years later Mr. Carpenter passed 
away. She married John E. Neher on July 1, 1925. They lived in 
Nampa until 1928 when they moved to Caldwell where they lived until 
she passed away Jan. 2, 1937. She is survived by her husband, daugh- 
ter, six stepchildren, six sisters and one brother. She joined the 
Church of the Brethren in young womanhood and remained faithful 
until death. Funeral services at the Nampa church by Eld. H. II. 
Keim, assisted by the pastor, Eld. Mark Schrock. — H. H. Keim, 
Nampa, Idaho. 

Rosenberger, Arthur E., son of William and Lucy Slabaugh Rosen- 
berger, was born Jan. 1, 1868, at Nappanee, Ind. He departed this life 
on Dec. 30, 1936, at the age of 68 years, 11 months and 30 days. In 
June, 1896, he was united in marriage to Alice Reed who, with one 
son, Howard, of Elkhart, and a daughter, Lola Jane, of Mishawka, 
Ind., survives him. He is also survived by a granddaughter, one 
sister and a half sister. He had been a member of the Church of the 
Brethren for about eighteen years and a member of the First South 
Bend church for more than twelve years. Funeral services by the 
writer in Goshen and interment in St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park 
cemetery. — H. F. Richards, South Bend, Ind. 

Schreiber, Emma, wife of Henry Schreiber, died at her home near 
Salix, Nov. 29, 1936. She is survived by her husband, seven small 
children, one sister and several brothers. She was a member of the 
church for seventeen years. Funeral service in the Maple Grove 
church by her pastor, P. C. Strayer.— Mrs. P. A. Merkey, South Fork, 

Shaffer, Sister Mary R., daughter of Wm. and Sarah Douthitt Mc- 
Ginity, was born Feb. 9, 1856, and died Dec. 25, 1936. She had lived in 
Brush Valley Township, Pa., for sixteen years, then moved near Indi- 
ana, Pa., where she died. She was a member of the Church of the 
Brethren for a number of years. She is survived by Mrs. Elizabeth 
Baker of Tampa, Fla., Mr. Irem Fleegle, Indiana, Pa., two brothers, 
two grandsons and one daughter-in-law. Bro. Shaffer died some years 
ago. Funeral services in Indiana by the writer with burial in Oak- 
land cemetery near by. — W. N. Myers, Clymer, Pa. 

Sickles, John Staley, was born at Hollidaysburg, Pa., on Jan. 3, 1872. 
After a prolonged sickness of four years his life came to an end Dec. 
30, 1936. On Nov. 2, 1930, he united with the Center Church of the 
Brethren by baptism. His Christian experiences brought him much 
joy and comfort during his long siege of sickness. He leaves his wife. 
Margaret, six sons, three daughters, one stepson, two stepdaughters, 
two -brothers and one sister, also eighteen grandchildren and one 
great-grandchild. Services by the pastor, M. M. Taylor, at the Cen- 
ter church. Burial in the church cemetery.— Mrs. Milton Taylor, 
Louisville, Ohio. <• 

Stauffer, Edman, born June 7, 1850, died July 23, 1936. He was the 
son of Jacob E. and Margaret Keeny Stauffer. He was a member of 
the Church of the Brethren for about fifty years. He married Re- 
becca Miller who preceded him six years ago. Surviving are one son, 
one grandchild, one great-grandchild, one sister. Services at the home 
of his son, Eld. J. M. Stauffer, and at the Hanover church by <".. 
Howard Danner, S. M. Lehigh and J. E. Myers. Interment in 
Road cemetery.— Paul K. Newcomer, Spring Grove. Pa. 

Strausbaugh, Cora Dissinger, wife of Bro. Nathan Strausbaugh, 
born Jan. 7, 1873, died Dec. 13, 1936. She was a member of the Church 
of the Brethren for many years in the bounds of the Pleasant Hill 
congregation near Spring Grove, Pa. She is survived by her hus- 
band, two sons, one daughter, three grandchildren, two brothers and 
one sister. Funeral services at Pleasant Hill church by the writer and 
Eld. W. G. Group. Interment in cemetery adjoining the church — 
Paul K. Newcomer, Spring Grove, Pa. 

Stroup, Sister Ida Stuckcy, born May 27. 1865, near Alliance. Ohio, 
and died Dec. 31, 1936, after a six months' illness. She lived in this 
section her entire life. She was a faithful member of the church and 
Aid Society of Reading Church of the Brethren. Besides her husband, 
Bro. A. J. Stroup, she is survived by two daughters, one son. two 
grandchildren and one sister. Funeral services at the Reading church 
by Bro. G. S. Strausbaugh and Bro. Harvey Lehman with interment in 
Mt Union cemetery.— Rena Heestand, Homeworth, Ohio. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 

Toms, J. Elvy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Toms, was born near 
Folo, 111., July 14, 1866; he died at his home in Grand Junction, Iowa, 
Jan. 2, 1937. Nov. 4, 1890, he was married to Annabelle Sto-ufer; to 
this union were born two sons and four daughters. His wife and a 
son preceded him. He is survived by two brothers, one sister, five 
children, eighteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Shortly 
after his marriage he was called to the deacon's office and faithfully 
discharged his duty. In 1916 he moved to a farm near Beaver, Iowa, 
and two years later to Grand Junction. Services by the undersigned 
in Grand Junction with interment in the Beaver cemetery. — Oscar 
Diehl, Beaver, Iowa. 

Walker, Mrs. Catherine, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Wise 
Frock, both now deceased, died Nov. 26, 1936, at her home in the 
bounds of the Manor congregation, aged 86 years. Funeral services at 
the Purchase Line Church of the Brethren by Bro. E. A. Edwards, a 
former pastor, assisted by Bro. Dorsey Rotruck, the present pastor. 
Interment in the Montgomery church cemetery by the side of her 
husband. She is survived by two sons, one stepdaughter, eleven grand- 
children and one great-grandchild, also two brothers and three sis- 
ters. She was preceded in death by two daughters. Her husband, 
William G. Walker, a deacon in the Montgomery church, died in 
September, 1892. Sister Walker was an active member of the Church 
of the Brethren for over fifty-nine years, and was much interested 
in missions, a constant reader of the church papers, always , eager 
to get reports from the missionaries. Though a widow with meager 
income, yet for many years she contributed one-tenth to the work 
of the church. She also took a special interest in the Ladies' Aid 
Society, and in disposing of her belongings, authorized that her 
executor pay to the Purchase Line Ladies' Aid Society one-fourth of 
the net proceeds of her estate, to be used by them as a fund for the 
erection of a suitable room in which to carry on their work. Since 
this provision was made the church has built an addition to our church 
building in the way of Sunday-school rooms, one of which was set 
apart as a Ladies' Aid room. — S. L. Fyock, Clymer, Pa. 

Wagoner, Emma, eldest daughter of Isaac J. and Mary Blickenstaff, 
was born June 16, 1869, in Clinton County, Ind. She died at the home 
of her two daughters in Frankfort, Ind., Dec. 29, 1936. She had been 
a faithful member of the Church of the Brethren for over forty years. 
In April, 1894, she married Elias Wagoner. To this union were born 
seven children; she leaves one son, four daughters, one sister. Her 
father died in August, 1936. Services at Rossville church by Bro. John 
Root with burial in Pleasant View cemetery. — Nora Cripe, Rossville, 

Wagoner, Jonas, born Jan. 23, 1867, near New Windsor, Md. He lived 
his entire life at the place of his birth. He died Nov. 12, 1936. On 
April 27, 1892, he married Sarah Etta Brown who preceded him Nov. 
29. 1931. He was a loyal member of the Church of the Brethren, giving 
more than forty years to the service of the church he loved. He was 
superintendent of the Sams Creek Sunday school for a number of years 
and taught the Bible class until his passing. During most of his long 
period of service he was an official in the church. Bro. Wagoner was 
a man of vision. Within the year of his death he led the church in 
a program to remodel the church house. He was also instrumental 
in securing the abandoned school on the church grounds which has 
been remodeled and dedicated for the purpose of the social functions of 
the church. He also led a movement which made possible a part-time 
pastoral program, which was already in operation at the time of his 
passing. — F. E. Williar, Daleville, Va. 

Weber, Janet Elaine, born Oct. 14, 1936, to John and Hima Belle 
Weber. Two weeks ago she took pneumonia and died at the hospital. 
She leaves her mother and father and brother. Funeral at the home 
Dec. 23 by the writer.-^-H. L. Hartsough, North Manchester, Ind. 

Weitzel, Leah, born on March 15, 1846, in Portage County, Ohio. She 
died Dec. 20, 1936. Her parents moved to the Laketon vicinity when 
she was a young girl. She married James Watkins in August, 1866, 
who died Jan. 29, 1892. They formerly lived at Laketon, but after his 
death she moved to North Manchester. Surviving are five children. 
She united with the Church of the Brethren when she was eighteen 
years old and remained a faithful member during her entire life. Fu- 
neral service at the Walnut Street church by the writer. — H. L. Hart- 
sough, North Manchester, Ind. 

Wolf, Sister Bettie L., aged 68 years, daughter of Eld. Daniel Wolf 
and Ann Marie (Rowland) Wolf, died at her home, Hagerstown, Md., 
Oct. 4, 1936. She was born on a farm adjoining the Manor church 
where she spent most of her life until about ten years ago when she 
moved to Hagerstown. Early in life she united with the Church of 
the Brethren, Manor congregation, where she remained a faithful mem- 
ber until death. During the past years she worshiped with the Breth- 
ren in Hagerstown, but desired to retain her membership in the old 
home church where her father so faithfully labored during his life- 
time. She is survived by two brothers and a number of nieces and 
nephews. Funeral services at the church in Hagerstown by Bro. 
A. M. Dixon with interment in Manor cemetery. — Naomi H. Coffman, 
Fairplay, Md. 

Wolgamuth, Sister Fannie Elizabeth, daughter of Isaac and Sarah 
Horner Wolgamuth, was born March 31, 1879, at Hoagestown, Pa. At 
the age of four years she came with her parents to Auburn, 111., 
where she grew to womanhood. At the age of fifteen years she united 
with the church of her choice to which she remained faithful to the 
end. The family moved to Dallas Center in 1897 where she spent the 
greater part of her life. She was numbered with the unfortunate ones, 
being a cripple from birth. She was energetic and with her needle did 
much for the support of her physical needs. In the passing of her 

father the parental home was discontinued and in 1931 she moved to 
the Old Folks' Home at Marshalltown. She died Nov. 25, 1936. She 
leaves her mother and three sisters. Funeral from the church by Eld. 
M. W. Eikenberry, assisted by Eld. G. W. Keedy, C. B. Rowe and 
D. D. Fleishman. — Sarah Wolgamuth, Marshalltown, Iowa. 

Wright, Chas. Arnold, infant son of Mahlon and Sister Mary Wright 
of Kimmelton, Pa., died of pneumonia, Dec. 20, 1936. Surviving are 
his parents, a brother and a sister. Funeral services by the writer in 
the Sipesville church with interment in the near-by church cemetery. — 
J. Lloyd Nedrow, Sipesville, Pa. 



Fruitdale. — The quarterly council of the church was held Dec. 29. 
Church officers were elected as follows: Bro. G. W. Petcher, elder; Bro. 
Fred Berkepile, clerk; Sister Pearl Claque, treasurer; Sister Eva Car- 
penter, correspondent. A goal has been set for a fund to paint the 
church and we discussed ways for raising the fund needed. A com- 
mittee was appointed to select new songbooks and report on them at 
the next council. The services of our church are being published in 
two of the prominent newspapers in this section of the country. 
Thanksgiving Day several of the members met at the church to spend 
the day. The ladies cleaned the house and prepared dinner while the 
men did some repair work, cleaned the yard and cut wood for the 
stove. The day was well spent and it was enjoyed by all who were 
present. — Eva Carpenter, Fruitdale, Ala!, Jan. 2. 


Phoenix church elected church and Sunday-school officers in August. 
Bro. H. A. Frantz of Glendale, Calif., will again be our elder; A. W. 
Arnold, clerk; H. M. Fields, treasurer; Sister Lois Greenawalt, Sun- 
day-school superintendent. Since Sept. 1 we have been without a reg- 
ular pastor. By request of the church, Brethren A. W. Arnold and 
H. M. Fields will fill the preaching appointments for the year. The 
city has been divided into districts and these put in charge of super- 
visors who see that members and friends in the various districts are 
visited and kept in touch with the church. The young people of the 
church offered to give a program the third Sunday evening of each 
month and the church accepted the offer. Our business meetings, 
held the first Tuesday evening of each month, are helpful in a prac- 
tical way and inspirational as we plan the work of the church to- 
gether. The attendance is very good. At our last meeting we decided 
to send a Christmas greeting from the church to our nonresident mem- 
bers who are scattered over the central and southern part of the state. 
A garage was constructed this fall on the lot of the parsonage, which 
helps our finances by increasing the rent of the parsonage. We expect 
Brother and Sister Austin to hold a series of meetings for us in Feb- 
ruary. A Christmas program was given by the Sunday school. Sup- 
plies for needy families were given by the different classes and an 
offering of $17.14 for world wide missions was lifted. A pageant was 
presented by the young people in the evening, written and directed by 
one of their number. — Katherine Greenawalt, Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 2. 


Oakland.— Since June 1 the church has been without a pastor, the 
pulpit having been supplied by visiting brethren. For the past few 
months Bro. John Price of Empire has been in charge of the Sunday 
services. A business meeting was held Dec. 17 with Eld. J. E. Baldwin 
in charge. The district board has secured Brother and Sister A. O. 
Brubaker of Southern California to fill the pastorate beginning Jan. 1. 
Our women's auxiliary held a bazaar and food sale Dec. 11 and 12. 
They are meeting once a day each month to mend for the Fred Finch 
Orphanage. A Christmas program was given by the Sunday school 
Dec. 20. Dec. 21 a Christmas party was held for the Sunday-school 
children and their parents. Dec. 20 our church was the setting for a 
beautiful and impressive wedding ceremony when one of our members, 
Miss Gladys Simpson, was united in marriage to Mr. Raymond Cobb. 
—Mary Heisel Woody, Oakland, Calif., Jan. 2. 


Colorado Springs church recently held her quarterly council meet- 
ing at which time all officers for the coming year were elected. We 
have had a very active summer. Several visiting ministers filled our 
pulpit. Among them was Bro. S. J. Heckman, of McPherson, Kans., 
a former pastor of the church. We joined with the other churches of 
the west side in a union Thanksgiving service. The preaching mission 
conducted by the local ministers brought us a week of good sermons. 
Since our last report we have received eleven members by letter and 
three by baptism.— Emma Beckner Hamm, Colorado Springs, Colo., 
Dec. 19. 

Haxtun. — A Thanksgiving program was rendered on Nov. 22 under 
the direction of Mabel Stryker, our missionary secretary. Our quar- 
terly business meeting was held Dec. 7. Bro. Baker was re-elected 
elder for another year; clerk, Sister Mary Bamford; treasurer, Bro. 
Louis Koch; leader of intermediate band, Bro. Merle Switzer; Mes- 
senger agent, Sister Lilly; correspondent, the writer. It was decided 
to hold a week of pre-Easter services with our pastor in charge. The 
annual world wide mission offering was lifted on Sunday morning, 
Dec. 27. Christmas treats were given to the children after the morn- 
ing service Dec. 20. The Ladies' Aid has been quilting; they also 
bought material and made new window curtains for the church kitchen; 
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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 


consisted of a food shower on Dec. 23 for our pastor and family, spon- 
sored by the women of the church. The mothers' class sent out sev- 
enteen greeting cards and five boxes of fruit and also sponsored a card 
shower for their teacher, Sister Lilly, on her birthday, Dec. 25. A 
Christmas cantata, The World's Redeemer, was rendered Sunday eve- 
ning, Dec. 20. Plans are being made for our annual mother and 
daughter banquet the last Friday in January.— Mrs. Warren D. C. 
Wood, Haxtun, Colo., Jan. 4. 

McClave. — On Sunday, Oct. 4, we observed our sixth annual home- 
coming day — the best we have ever had. This was also the first Sun- 
day for our new pastor, Bro. O. E. Messamer, and wife. Bro. Roy E. 
Miller conducted installation services for them. We are rejoicing 
over the coming of these good people in our midst and feel that with 
such leadership we with the Wiley church will be enabled to accom- 
plish more during the coming year. Our church with four others co- 
operated in holding services during the National Preaching Mission. 
On Christmas Eve the Brethren and Methodist churches were together 
for a program. Bro. Roy E. Miller is our elder for 1937; Paul Cline. 
clerk; J. T. Greenwood, treasurer; W. D. Harris, Messenger agent; 
Mabel Cline, correspondent; Sunday-school superintendent, J. T. Green- 
wood. Since Oct. 1 our morning worship and preaching service is at 
9: 45 and Sunday school at 11 o'clock; this permits Bro. Messamer to 
get to Wiley for the morning worship at 11:00. Our young people 
meet at 6: 45 P. M. and Bro. Messamer preaches every two weeks here 
and at Wiley. Our Aid Society meets regularly each month. Dec. 4 a 
pound social was given for Brother and Sister Messamer. — Mabel Cline, 
McClave, Colo., Jan. 4. 


Bassenger church met in council on Dec. 20 with Bro. Bail, our 
elder, presiding. A committee was chosen to look after fencing the 
church yard and planting shade trees. We are looking forward to our 
series of meetings to begin Feb. 1. We would appreciate having the 
winter visitors drop in. — Eula Stoman, Bassenger, Fla., Jan. 2. 


Bo-wmont church met in council with C. A. Williams presiding. Bro. 
Schwalm and Bro. Davis from McPherson, Kans., were here and gave 
us an illustrated lecture which was greatly appreciated. We held our 
love feast Nov. 7 — a spiritual meeting. A few visiting members from 
Nampa were with us. We have decided to build a vestibule in front 
of the church and to lay cement walks. This is our Sunday-school 
project. — Mrs. V. W. Goodman, Nampa, Idaho, Jan. 2. 


Panther Creek church closed a successful revival meeting conducted 
from Dec. 15 to 27 by Brother and Sister B. M. Rollins of Keyser, 
W. Va. As a result of the meeting fourteen made the good confes- 
sion and twelve were baptized in our church. Attendance and interest 
were very good. The evangelists visited in most of the homes. The 
young folks have organized a B. Y. P. D. and are having programs 
twice a month. Dec. 13 they gave the play, In Perfect Peace. Our 
Sunday school gave treats to all who were present on Dec. 20. — Mrs. 
Alta Small, Roanoke, 111., Jan. 1. 

Polo.— Our pastor, Bro. Ora W. Garber, installed the Sunday-school 
officers and teachers Sunday morning, Oct. 4. J. P. McIInay is super- 
intendent and Lloyd Summers, associate. They have the co-operation 
of other officers and teachers to carry on the work during the year. 
Sister Blanche Miller was elected president of the Friendship Circle. 
For their mission study the women have chosen Congo Crosses. On 
rally day, Oct. 11, 209 were present. Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Smith and 
family, returned missionaries from China, were with us that day and 
we appreciated the splendid message they brought us. In the evening 
Bro. Smith conducted our love feast. Nov. 1 the B. Y. P. D. gave a 
peace play, The Great Choice, and at a later date presented it at the 
district rally at Franklin Grove. A father and .son banquet was en- 
joyed Nov. 11 with Bro. Clyde Horst of Chicago as speaker. Bro. 
Garber co-operated with the local Protestant churches Nov. 15 to 22 
in sponsoring the National Preaching Mission and gave ten inspiring 
sermons. Following this one was baptized. Dec. 15 Mr. and Mrs. 
Loomis Stull, faithful members of the local church, celebrated their 
golden wedding anniversary. A dinner for the immediate family 
was held at the church and open house was held at their home from 2 
to 5 P. M. Over 100 friends called to pay their respects to Brother and 
Sister Stull. The children and young folks of the church gave a 
Christmas program Dec. 20, after which the B. Y. P. D. went through 
the town and sang carols to elderly folks, shut-ins and to Mr. and 
Mrs. Garber. The group sponsored the Christmas baskets for the 
needy and on Jan. 3 presented a splendid New Year's program.— Mrs. 
Hazel Krum, Polo, 111., Jan. 3. 


Anderson.— An installation service for our teachers for the coming 
year was conducted last Sunday evening by our elder, D. W. Bowman. 
With an excellent corps of instructors we feel assured of another suc- 
cessful year of church and Sunday-school work. We are pleased to 
report new scholars almost every Sunday. Brother and Sister Alva 
Hewitt of the Windfall congregation, some of our latest additions, 
have permanently located in this city.— Nila Alldredge, Anderson, Ind., 
Dec. 29. 

Bachelor Run church met in council Dec. 2 when church officers 
were elected for the coming year. Bro. Robert Sink was re-elected 
elder. The brethren of our church rented thirty-four acres of land for 

corn which they put out and cultivated the past year. The corn has 
been gathered and divided, the church receiving half, which amounted 
to 650 bushels; the money will be used for church expenses. It took 
a little better than a day to gather the corn. The Aid furnished din- 
ner at the church for thirty-five corn buskers. The men also cut 
about twenty-three cords of wood for the church, and again the Aid 
furnished dinner for the men. — Mrs. Glen Booth, Flora, Ind., Jan. 5. 

Bethel. — Since our last report we have reorganized and elected offi- 
cers for another year: Elder, Bro. Lee Cory; treasurer, Arthur Gilbert; 
clerk, Marion Dieter; correspondent, the writer; adult Sunday-school 
superintendent, Jess Miller. The church was revived and four were 
baptized as the result of a two weeks' revival held by Bro. Howard 
Kreider in October; this was followed by our love feast. Our church 
chorister, Bertha Wehrly, and organist, Ellen Stockberger, had charge 
of the music during the revival and we appreciated their efforts in pro- 
viding special music each evening; the mixed choir assisted. The 
children of the primary department gave a Christmas program Sunday 
morning. Dec. 20, and the ladies' choir gave a cantata. Adoration, in 
the evening, which was enjoyed. The Aid has been busy quilting and 
helping some of the needy. The men have been doing their part adding 
some improvements to the church which will make it more modern. — 
Mrs. Clara Price, Milford, Ind., Jan. 4. 

Bremen church met in council Dec. 4. Bro. David Metzler w 
elected elder; Mrs. Geo. Shafer, clerk; Mrs. Kenneth Fisher, C. W. 
chairman; Mrs. Frank Kiefer, Jr., leader; Mae Younker, Messenger 
correspondent; Carl Yoder, Messenger agent. The church has closed 
a very successful year financially. Attendance and interest have been 
very good at all our services. The Ladies' Aid has been very active 
during the year. A group of our young people gave a play, White 
Christmas, on Sunday evening, Dec. 20. We presented the play the 
following Sunday evening at the Walnut church. — Florence Shafer, 
Bremen, Ind., Dec. 31. 

Fairview. — Our church met in council Dec. 27 and elected Sunday- 
school and church officers: Elder, John W. Root, for a term of three 
years. Bro. Clarence Idle, our excellent church clerk, resigned after 
thirteen years of service. Sister Olive Harshbarger was elected to the 
office; Bro. Dan Stong, trustee; Bro. Lowell Brooks, Sunday-school 
superintendent; Messenger correspondent, Sister Annetta Waggoner. 
The Ladies Aid was unanimously elected Messenger agent until 1940. 
This year the Aid was successful in gettirrg enough subscriptions for 
the club rate for our members. We have found our children's depart- 
mental work so successful after four months' trial, that we are con- 
tinuing it for the year with Sister Annetta Waggoner, superintendent. 
We had a fine communion service with Bro. Walter Replogle of Ross- 
ville officiating, assisted by Bro. John Robert Waggoner of Calgary 
and Brethren Root and Harshbarger. The Semper Fidelis class put on 
a program the Sunday evening before Thanksgiving, after which an 
offering for home missions was lifted. During Thanksgiving vacation 
Bro. John Robert Waggoner brought us a line message and Sister 
Evelyn Waggoner was chorister. Both young people are students of 
Manchester College. Our Christmas program consisted df two parts, 
first a program in which the children participated, followed by a pan- 
tomime, Why the Chimes Rang. An offering for foreign missions was 
taken, after which the church also gave an offering to Brother and 
Sister Root and Brother and Sister Harshbarger for their services do- 
nated during the year. — Olive Harshbarger, Buck Creek. Ind., Jan. 4. 

Fort Wayne. — Under the excellent leadership of our superintendent, 
Mr. Wm. Schwartz, the Sunday school has enjoyed a good attendance 
for the last quarter. In October we installed our officers for the new 
year. During the first two weeks of November our pastor held a re- 
vival at Elkhart. While he was away the services were conducted by 
the B. Y. P. D.,_Bro. Kermit Eby. Bro. Herbert Dilling and Bro. John 
Eberly. We enjoyed two weeks of a nios* inspiring revival under the 
leadership of Brother and Sister G. G. Canfield of Plymouth, Ind. The 
revival inspired thirteen souls to be led to the Lord. Previous to the 
meetings nine were baptized and at the watch night service four 
others were received into the church. In all we have brought twenty- 
six into the church through baptism in the last quarter ft was also 
during these meetings that the B. Y. P. D. held an early breakfast and 
prayer service. On Dec. 6 the communion was held, from which many 
members received real enjoyment. There was an exchange of pul- 
pits on Dec. 13 between Bro. A. R. Eikenberry of Liberty Mills and 
Bro. Leo Miller. Our Christmas service was very impressive. There 
was a pageant augmented by the choir singing, with explanations by 
two readers. One of the beautiful features of this program was a 
candlelighting service. The Women's Work sponsored a bazaar re- 
cently. We held a watch night service at the church from 9 to 12 
o'clock. The rite of baptism was administered, followed by a fellow- 
ship period and prayer service. Another item of interest is our li- 
brary which at present contains books to the value of about $500. 
This is sponsored by the girls' club of the church. We would like to 
recommend to all the use of the envelope system of tithing, to which 
our people have responded most heartily. — La VerncDce Keel, Fort 
Wayne, Ind., Jan. 4. 

Four Mile (Indiana) church homecoming was held Sunday, Sept. 13- 
Bro. C. D. Bonsack came to us with moving pictures of India and 
China, showing the progress of the Christian work by our missionaries 
there. The pictures on China were shown Saturday night. Sunday 
was a day of fellowship with basket dinner at noon and Bro. Bon- 
sack gave a talk of his trip to the fields and what was being done. 
Promotion exercises were Sept. 27. Our love feast wis held Nov. 1, 
with a good attendauce. Bro. McCune with Bro. Kenneth Hollinger, 
a visiting minister, had charge of the services. The Manchester quar- 
tet with Bro. J. O. Winger came the night of Oct. 29. The music by 


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the boys and the talk by Bro. Winger were very much enjoyed. 
Church night was held on Nov. 10. Many came and enjoyed the social 
hour together. Bro. Replogle gave an illustrated lecture Nov. 17 on 
"The Church By the Side of the Road." The B. Y. P. D. meets every 
other Sunday night. The older members attend the meetings. The 
young people have charge of the first part of the program and after 
that Bro. McCune has charge. Miss Esther Laird, a Methodist 
missionary to Korea, Japan, gave picture slides of the mission work 
there. Miss Laird is on furlough and gave the pictures Sunday eve- 
ning, Nov. 22. Services were held at the church Thanksgiving Day in 
keeping with that occasion. Bro. McCune held a week of pre-Thanks- 
giving services in the West Milton, Ohio, church. In the absence of 
our pastor the men had charge of the church services. Their program 
was "Home Missions." "An Evening of Carols" was presented at the 
annual Christmas program; pantomime, "Luther's Cradle Hymn," by 
the beginners and "While Shepherds Watched," by a group of young 
people. Also a playlet, "A Carol Is Born"; offering of white gifts to 
a king; Mrs. Harold Paxton played the piano accompaniment and Mrs. 
David Rinehart read the continuity. Church night was held Dec. 31; 
over sixty members enjoyed the evening with a covered dish luncheon. 
Visiting and games were enjoyed until dismissal after a short pro- 
gram. — Elma Snyder, Camden, Ohio, Jan. 4. 

Kokomo. — At our regular council meeting Dec. 7 church officers were 
elected for 1937; Sunday-school superintendent, Bro. Roy Richey; as- 
sistant, Bro. Chas. Rogers; church treasurer, Bro. Harley Ronk; 
clerk. Bro. Roy Richey; Messenger agent and correspondent, Sister 
Alice Green. We have just closed a successful Sunday-school year; 
attendance and interest have continued good. Dec. 6 Bro. D. W. Kurtz 
of Chicago brought us three wonderful messages. Dec. 31 the Aid 
Society met at the home of Sister Alice Green to reorganize for the 
new year. Sister Anna Showalter was re-elected president. Thirty- 
five of our members met at the home of Bro. Richey on New Year's 
Eve for a consecration and watch service. Prayer service was held 
the last half hour. Jan. 2 our Sunday-school teachers met at the 
home of the superintendent for a fellowship supper. They decided to 
start a teacher-training class and several other projects were sug- 
gested for the improvement of our school. Jan. 3 Bro. Hugh Miller of 
North Manchester preached an interesting sermon both morning and 
evening during the absence of our pastor, Bro. R. M. Lantis. — Mrs. 
Alice Green, Kokomo, Ind., Jan. 4. 

Lower Deer Creek congregation has co-operated nicely in forming 
a Gospel Messenger club. More than three-fourths of our membership 
have responded. We are very well pleased but not entirely satisfied 
for we feel that this paper should be in more homes. Some money was 
taken from our birthday offering treasury to give Messenger subscrip- 
tions to less fortunate members in our midst. — Mrs. Ralph Replogle, 
Camden, Ind., Jan. 7. 

Middle town.— Bro. McCullough talked for us Jan. 3. Last Sunday 
evening he was injured in an automobile accident but we are glad it 
was no worse. His wife and two children also sustained minor in- 
juries. Our business meeting was held in the afternoon. We want to 
have special services before Easter. — Florida Green, Middletown, Ind., 
Jan. 3. 

North Liberty congregation has selected Bro. Chas. Cripe for elder 
in 1937. Our Thanksgiving offering was $16.29. We have been very 
fortunate in having Bro. Theo. Miller as our pastor this year. He 
has been quite busy with his school teaching and driving about ten 
miles to preach for us both morning and evening on Sunday, besides 
visiting the sick and shut-ins. The B. Y. P. D. had charge of our 
Christmas program. We also have had an illustrated lecture on the 
Baptist mission work in the Belgian Congo by a Mr. Fogle, Mishawaka, 
Ind., who is leaving for that field soon. Jan. 2 we had a talk by a 
native African missionary who is taking seminary work here and 
expects to return to his people soon. Our Aid Society has been quite 
busy; besides our missionary quota, we helped financially toward our 
furnace, made different articles and helped to send several juniors to 
camp. Sister Elva Blosser was chosen Aid president for the year. We 
enjoyed a very pleasant social evening at the church on New Year's, 
sharing a little in a material way toward our pastor's needs. We also 
are working for the Messenger club plan.— Mrs. J. H. Markley, North 
Liberty, Ind., Jan. 5. 

Pine Creek (West Goshen). — Dec. 20 closed a most inspirational 
series of evangelistic meetings conducted by Bro. Galen Bowman of 
Middlebury. Sixteen sermons of gospel truths were presented. One 
young man accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized, and the 
entire church was spiritually strengthened. Oct. 18 we observed Grat- 
itude-Harvest Day with Bro. Noble Bowman of the Pleasant Valley 
church as speaker. An offering was taken amounting to $31.54. Sun- 
day evening services are now held twice a month. — Martha E, War- 
stler, Goshen, Ind., Dec. 31. 

Plymouth. — As our pastor, Bro. G. G. Canfield, has recently con- 
ducted three revival meetings, the following speakers have filled our 
pulpit: on Oct. 4 Bro. T. A. Shively brought the morning message. 
The evening service consisted of a sacred art program with Miss 
Mary Jane White, art instructor of our city schools, as speaker. 
Oct. 11 a musical program was given by a male quartet from Man- 
chester College. In the afternoon and evening a district B. Y. P. D. 
service was held with Bro. J. O. Winger, principal speaker in the 
afternoon and Bro. Otho Winger, speaker at the evening service. Nov. 
22 Bro. Floyd Leeper filled our pulpit both morning and evening. Oth- 
ers who brought messages were Brethren Clyde Joseph and Cecil Reed. 
Nov. 29 Sister Minna Heckman gave missionary addresses both morn- 
ing and evening. Dec. 9 we met in council and the following officers 

were selected: elder, Bro. Clyde Joseph; clerk, Sister Flossie Snyder; 
treasurer, Bro. Willis Barkey; Messenger correspondent, the writer; 
president Women's Work, Sister Mary Snyder; president Men's Work, 
Bro. Clyde Joseph; Messenger agent, Bro. Cecil Reed. Dec. 15 the 
women met in a service at the church and the men held a meeting at 
the pastor's home. A splendid program had been arranged for each 
meeting and some special work was arranged for. Dec. 20 a splendid 
Christmas service was given by the pupils of the primary and junior 
departments. In the evening our young people gave a musical pro- 
gram and Miss Ruth Reber of our city schools gave the reading, The 
Dust of the Road. These were well given and very much appreciated. 
—Mrs. Emma F. Foust, Plymouth, Ind., Jan. 4. 

Rock Run church met in council Jan. 1. The date of revival meeting 
was moved from November to September. Nov. 29 ended our three- 
year Thanksgiving missionary program which has proved a success. 
Bro. Bonsack gave us an inspiring sermon. A large representation of 
our members enjoyed the program on Christmas Eve. Afterward the 
young people of the church went caroling. Our B. Y. P. D. has reor- 
ganized with our pastor, Bro. Zigler, as adult leader. — Ruth Hartsough, 
Goshen, Ind., Jan. 6. 

Rossville. — Our pastor held a week of meetings the first of Decem- 
ber with the result that six confessed Christ; one of the number was 
seventy-five years old and the rest were Sunday-school pupils. Dec. 31 
we met in council. The Christmas program was given on Dec. 20 in 
which the different classes took part. We also brought the money 
from the peace banks for our offering. Bro. J. H. Cassady of King 
Ferry, N. Y., will be with us in an evangelistic campaign beginning 
Jan. 29.— Nora Cripe, Rossville, Ind., Jan. 5. 

Upper Fall Creek church met in council Jan. 2 with Eld. Clarence 
Hoover. Officers for church and Sunday school were elected for the 
coming year. Bro. A. L. Roof and Bro. Clarence Hoover are doing 
the preaching each Sunday morning. — Rachel Alexander, Middletown, 
Ind., Jan. 4. 

Wabash City. — Our two weeks' revival meeting began Nov. 26, with 
Bro. Chas. Oberlin, evangelist. Sixteen were baptized and three re- 
claimed for the kingdom. The meetings were well attended; following 
them we had our love feast. We had a Christmas program and the 
church presented our minister, Bro. John Smeltzer, with a gift. Bro. 
Smeltzer has been laboring with us over seven years. The church has 
been growing in attendance, interest and membership under his leader- 
ship.— Mrs. Enoch Lawson, Wabash, Ind., Jan. 6. 

Wakarusa. — At our revival meeting which closed Dec. 6, eleven 
were baptized at the close of the evening service. All who attended 
were helped spiritually by the inspiring messages which our evangel- 
ist, Bro. Dewey Rowe of Bryan, Ohio, gave us each evening. The 
meetings were well attended in spite of other meetings in progress in 
many of the surrounding churches. We are glad to report growth and 
progress in all phases of church work and under the leadership of our 
pastor, Bro. Burton Metzler, and wife, we are looking forward to a 
better and more spiritual church. On Sunday morning, Dec. 20, we 
enjoyed a Christmas program and a white gift service for missions and 
various activities of the church. A class of junior girls sang carols at 
the homes of the aged and sick on Christmas Eve. — Mrs. H. O. Metzler, 
Wakarusa, Ind., Jan. 2. 


Fernald church met in council Dec. 12. Church officers were elected 
for the coming year: Bro. Lee Dadisman, elder in charge; Sister Mol- 
lie Hostetler, clerk; Messenger agent and correspondent, the writer. 
Brother and Sister Lloyd Dadisman were elected and ordained to the 
deacon's office with Bro. D. D. Fleishman of Dallas Center officiating. 
Our church and the Johnson Grove M. E. church held an eight-day 
preaching mission and we feel much good was done with the two pas- 
tors doing the preaching. — Mrs. Rex Needham, Nevada, Iowa, Jan. 4. 

Iowa River church is pleased to announce that arrangements have 
been completed with Bro. Paul Miller of South Waterloo to serve as 
summer pastor beginning June 1. He will graduate from McPherson 
College this year and expects to take seminary work next year. We 
have also instructed our pastoral committee to secure a permanent 
pastor beginning Sept. 1. We have selected a finance committee as we 
are launching out on a more extensive program and too we feel the 
need of a larger budget. We used the envelope offering system last 
year and the giving was above any year in the history of our church. 
We will again use the envelopes. We have almost reached the 75 per 
cent of Messenger subscriptions for 1937. The Sunday school rendered 
a play at Christmas with some selections by the children. An offering 
was also taken for world wide missions. Bro. Keedy will continue to 
serve as pastor until June 1 with a morning preaching service; the 
evening service is taken care of by a committee appointed by the 
elder. Our superintendent, Elroy Yonker, is a live wire and is always 
at his post. The men's organization served efficiently as publicity com- 
mittee for our recent revival and has taken care of some needed re- 
pairs about the church. The Women's Work meets every two weeks in 
all-day meetings and at present is engaged in quilting. They gave ( 
the Old Folks' Home their annual Christmas treat. The coming year 
looks very encouraging and we hope to enlarge our vision and service. * 
Our regular council was held Dec. 27.— Mrs. Lulu Duft, Marshalltown, 
Iowa, Dec. 31. 


Bloom church met in business meeting Dec. 14. Sunday-school offi- 
cers were elected for the coming year with Bro. Walter Weddle, super- 
intendent and Bro. C. C. Weddle, assistant. It was decided to organize 
a Christian Workers' Band. Mrs. Walter Weddle was chosen presi- 

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dent. The date for our love feast is Jan. 10. Brother and Sister G. W. 
Weddle celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary on Dec. 22. — 
Mrs. A. C. Keller, Minneola, Kans., Jan. 3. 


Long Green Valley congregation met in council Dec. 12. A new 
heating plant has been installed. The Ladies' Aid and B. Y. P. D. 
were granted the privilege of fixing up the basement to suit the needs 
of these auxiliaries. Along with the elder, the pastor, the Sunday- 
school superintendent, three others were elected on the Sunday-school 
board. Arrangements for summer pastor, Vacation Bible School and 
a series of meetings were placed in the hands of the committee. Sis- 
ter J. M. Prigel was appointed as agent to sell the state history of our 
church which is just off the press. Bro. C. P. Breidenbaugh was re- 
elected church clerk; Bro. J. C. Breidenbaugh, treasurer; Sister J. C. 
Breidenbaugh, Messenger agent and correspondent; Bro. J. S. Prigel, 
adult adviser; Bro. C. P. Breidenbaugh, Sunday-school superintendent, 
with Bro. Melvin Gunther, assistant. Our next love feast will be 
held June 5. — Mrs. J. C. Breidenbaugh, Long Green, Md., Jan. 2. 

Manor. — On Sept. 20 our missionary committee sponsored a program 
during the church hour. Our guest speaker, Bro. J. Harvey Martin, 
delivered a very timely sermon on the subject of missions. Sept. 27 
the temperance committee rendered a program consisting of songs, 
readings and stories bearing upon some phase of temperance. Oct. 31 
we held our semiannual communion service with a goodly number in 
attendance. A number of visiting ministers added to the enrichment 
of the meeting by their spiritual messages. Bro. John T. Glick of 
Bridgewater, Va., officiated. Nov. 22 we held our annual harvest meet- 
ing and on Thanksgiving Day appropriate services were conducted by 
our pastor, Bro. J. Rowland Reichard. The offerings from these two 
meetings amounting to $55 were given to our District Mission Board 
for use where needed. The B. Y. P. D. rendered a program at Downs- 
ville on the Sunday evening following Thanksgiving. The group also 
prepared and distributed ten baskets of fruit to the sick and shut-ins. 
On Dec. 25 Bro. McKinley Coffman of Troutville, Va., delivered the 
message at our regular Christmas Day service. On Dec. 26 our Sun- 
day school rendered a program of songs, exercises and recitations 
followed by a pageant, The Lighted Doorway. A number of white 
gift packages were delivered in the community. The offering of the 
evening, $14, was given to world wide missions. The B. Y. P. D. 
rendered their Christmas program at Downsville on the evening of 
Dec. 27. On March 7 we expect Bro. John T. Glick of Bridgewater, 
Va., to begin a two weeks' series of meetings for us at the Downsville 
house. — Naomi H. Coffman, Fairplay, Md., Jan. 6. 

Peachblossom. — In August several of our young people attended 
Camp Peniel. On their return they had a campfire meeting and gave 
helpful reports. Aug. 13 and 14 D. W. Kurtz gave two of his able 
lectures, The Symphony of Life and The Problem of Peace. We have 
had the pleasure of having several visiting ministers preach for us 
at different times. Also the Elizabethtown College Volunteer group 
gave us an inspiring program. Nov. 8 our revival meetings began, 
conducted by Bro. M. J. Weaver of Lancaster, Pa. He imparted to us 
many Bible truths and as a result of this effort seven accepted their 
Savior. Sister Anna Hutchison, missionary from China on furlough, 
is teaching a mission study class on Sunday evenings. Our young 
men's chorus has been doing some much appreciated work here; they 
have also sung in some of the adjoining churches. Dec. 20 a cantata, 
The King Cometh, was presented by a chorus of thirty voices. Sun- 
day morning, Dec. 27, the Sunday-school children gave a program and 
n the evening the intermediate class presented the pageant called, 
The Shepherd Boy's Adoration. We are much encouraged by the 
increase in our building fund during the past year, as we are greatly 
in need of a new church building at Easton. The Fairview church has 
recently been remodeled and we are contemplating having a rededica- 
tion service on Jan. 10.— Mrs. C. W. Walbridge, Easton, Md., Jan. 1. 


Shepherd church held a Vacation Bible School with an enrollment of 
fifty-five; at the close a fine program was given July 17. July 19 the 
B. Y. P. D. invited the adults to attend their meeting at which time 
a report of the Christian Youth Conference of North America, held at 
Lakeside, Ohio, was given by the Michigan delegate. It was inspiring 
and proves that the young people are in earnest and want to do their 
part to make this world a better place in which to live. Our rally day 
and love feast were held Oct. 4 with Bro. Shaffer from Elsie church 
officiating. Visitors attended from Beaverton, Elsie and Midland 
churches. Bro. Whistler from Beaverton delivered two splendid talks 
which were much appreciated. Our Aid is active, at present earning 
some money by selling gelatine. We are also working on some quilts 
which are to be sold. — Iva A. Harmon, Shepherd, Mich., Jan. 2. 


Barniim.- Oct. 15-19 our church enjoyed a visit from Bro. J. E. Rol- 
ston of Sheldon, Iowa, accompanied by Miss Erma Summers of Han- 
cock, Minn. He brought us some very good messages which we en- 
joyed to the fullest. Bro. Oscar Stern and family of Franklin Grove, 
111., moved here Nov. 1 to take up the work of the church. We are 
very happy to have this splendid family with us. On Thanksgiving 
Day we enjoyed a fellowship dinner at the church with fifty present. 
This was followed by a service in the afternoon and a program by the 
young people in the evening. Dec. 12 our church met in annual busi- 
ness meeting to elect officers for the coming year. Bro. Oscar Stern 
was chosen elder; other officers were also elected. The primary and 

intermediate departments of our school gave a Christmas program on 
Dec. 20. The B. Y. P. D. gave a Christmas program the evening of 
Dec. 23. Fifteen of our young people went caroling Christmas Eve and 
sang at twenty-two places along their way. We are having prayer 
meetings each Thursday evening in the homes of the community and 
are studying the Book of Matthew. Our meetings are very interesting 
and are attended by both young and old. We have just recently in- 
stalled electric lights in our church house. We feel our church has 
a bright future with our young people taking such an interest in the 
work. — Mrs. Mary Finifrock, Barnum, Minn., Jan. 1. 

Lewiston. — In co-operation with the National Preaching Mission, our 


Of course you would vote in favor of keep- 
ing up a good thing . . . who wouldn't? . . . 
especially when the cost is less than letter 
postage per week per family! 

That Messenger club rate plan is now in 
its third year. It has proved to be a good 
thing. From West Virginia comes this word : 
" As a pastor I feel it worth the effort to put 
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pastor. Bro. J. A. Eddy, held a week of revival meeting in November, 
through which we feel that the church has been strengthened for 
greater service. Dec. 6 Mr. Davis and Mr. Williams were with us in 
the interest of McPherson College. The former gave a very fine 
address at the morning worship hour. As usual we met Thanksgiving 
Day for worship and an offering was lifted for the cause. Dec. 11 a 
few members, including our pastor and wife, went to visit Bro. Jacob 
Harshman who lives at Dover. It was his ninety-second birthday 
anniversary. He is enjoying excellent health, considering his age, is 
a reader of The Gospel Messenger, and goes to his workshop nearly 
every day. Dec. 8 at the quarterly business meeting, church trustees 
and other officers were elected. The Christmas program was given 
by the primary and intermediate grades. There have been many so- 
cial activities during the holiday season; among them a fine Christ- 
mas party given by the ladies of the east group of the church and a 
New Year's Eve party given by the young people. A program was en- 
. joyed by a full house and as the old year was drawing to a close, 
a talk and prayer were offered by the pastor. Our Aid work seems to 
be moving along very nicely. A chicken supper and bake sale were 
held this fall from which a neat sum was realized. — Mrs. Lulu Williams, 
Lewiston, Minn., Jan. 4. 


Shoal Creek church held the regular business meeting on Dec. 10. 
The following officers for church and Sunday school were elected: Bro. 
Harve Harter, superintendent; Bro. Tom Argabright, church treas- 
urer; Sister Lura Argabright, church clerk; the writer, Messenger 
agent and correspondent. Bro. Gripe asked to be relieved of the re- 
sponsibility of leadership on account of physical disabilities and Bro. 
A. W. Adkins was chosen elder in charge. Bro. Adkins preached for 
us Dec. 11, also spent some time calling in the homes in the interest 
of mission work. — Mrs. Wilbert Erisman, Fairview, Mo., Dec. 30. 


Minot church met in council Dec. 7. The harvest meeting, held 
Nov. 22, was well attended. Bro. D. T. Dierdorff gave the harvest 
message in the morning; the afternoon program was furnished by the 
Sunday school. A Christmas program was given Dec. 24, followed by 
a treat from the Sunday school. The attendance for the year has 
been good. The young people's class has been very faithful in fur- 
nishing a program each Sunday evening prior to the preaching serv- 
ices. — Mrs. Alice Litfin. Minot, N. Dak., Jan. 4. 


Fostoria. — The year just closed has been a busy one in the Fostoria 
church. The summer assembly of our district was held here Aug. 19, 
20. The meeting was well attended in spite of the intensely hot 
weather, and a splendid fellowship was experienced. Bro. A. C. Wieand 
spoke twice each day on "The Doctrine of Prayer." Sister Minnie 
Bright talked to the B. Y. P. D. at the vesper service, and gave the 
evening address on Wednesday. Mrs. Cover of Marion had charge 
of the worship for each session and her programs were well planned 
and helpful. Our joint Sunday-school convention was held in the 
Deshler church on Sept. 27. Our pastor, Bro. Walter Swihart, gave 
the morning sermon, and Bro. Cottrell of Bellefontaine gave a tem- 
perance lecture in the afternoon. A varied program of song and read- 
ings was given by the churches represented. Eight of our people at- 
tended the missionary institute held in Lima Sept. 25, 26. The mis- 
sionary committee has our school of missions organized and ready to 
begin Jan. 10. We are looking forward to this school with much 
enthusiasm, hoping to kindle a new love for, and interest in the 
missionary cause. On Nov. 6 we had the great pleasure of having 
with us Albert D. Helser and H. Stover Kulp. They gave us four fine 
addresses, and we were challenged to new efforts in missions. There 
have been six marriages among our young people in the past year, and 
three of our older members have passed away. Our young people's 
group is active in the work of the church. Several attended the 
Thanksgiving conference at Pleasant View church. Dec. 27 Bro. Angle- 
meyer and Bro. Cool were with us and one of our young men, Earl 
Schubert, was given a license to preach. Earl is now a junior at 
Manchester College and we are hoping for great things from this tal- 
ented young brother. Bro. J. Edson Ulery of Onekama, Mich., has 
just completed a two weeks' revival service. His presentation of the 
Bible lessons by the use of a blackboard made for greater interest 
and understanding. One accession was made to the church and every- 
one was spiritually strengthened and new interest was awakened. Our 
Women's Work is well organized with Sister Salome Whitmore as 
president. Meetings are held once a month. Plans are being made for 
a better Mother-Daughter organization. A new air-conditioning heat- 
ing plant is being installed which will add much to our comfort and 
convenience. Bro. Swihart's sermons are uplifting and inspiring, chal- 
lenging us always to nobler living, and we are looking forward to a 
good year in 1937.— Mrs. Lena Hall, Fostoria, Ohio, Jan. 4. 

Maple Grove.— With the month of October began an interesting 
drama in our church work. We have changed our officers to suit the 
places they best can serve. So far we have been doing splendid work. 
We held a revival Oct. 11 to 25 under the leadership of our pastor, 
Bro. Lauer; both he and his wife have been very faithful to the cause. 
Ten new members were added to our fold. Our Sunday-school work 
is growing both in the adult and junior departments. Mrs. Bowerize, 
superintendent of the junior department, has planned a program cal- 
endar for the coming year. So far we have had a Thanksgiving pro- 
gram, Christmas program and on Dec. 27 the young married people's 

class presented the play, The Other Jesus. This was an inspirational 
message. Under the leadership of our Sunday-school superintendent, 
Bro. Lauder, the attendance is growing. — Olive Johnson, Maple Grove, 
Ohio, Jan. 4. 

Reading: congregation met in council Nov. 21. Our budget for 1937 
was accepted. Brother and Sister Harvey Lehman were ordained to 
the office of elder by Bro. Inman, assisted by Bro. M. M. Taylor. 
Nov. 29 the Sisters' Aid had the annual Thanksgiving social. The 
program consisted of the devotions by Bro. Lehman, readings and 
music, a play by the Aid, Sewing for the Heathen, followed by the 
playlet, The Lost Sheep. Our offering amounted to $92.12. The Aid 
then gave sufficient to make it $100. Dec. 17 a mother and daughter 
banquet was sponsored by the fathers and sons. Our speaker was Dr. 
Nickey from India. On the following Sunday morning Dr. Nickey gave 
us another interesting talk on her work in India which was much ap- 
preciated. By the help of our regular subscribers and Aid Society we 
have been able to go over the top with the club rate offer which is 
91 per cent. Dec. 27 a short Christmas program was given. Bro. 
Clyde Mulligan of Hartville, Ohio, will hold our revival some time 
next fall. — Rena Heestand, Homeworth, Ohio, Jan. 4. 

Springfield (N. E.). — Our young people sponsored a musical Christ- 
mas program on Dec. 20 which was well rendered. A thief (who was 
later caught) entered the parsonage and took a typewriter. So on 
Christmas our pastor, Bro. L. R. Holsinger, was remembered with a 
gift from the membership which was used in the purchase of a new 
typewriter. Seventy-five per cent of our church homes will receive 
the Messenger this year. The Women's Work group has recently 
organized a missionary society. We have a new arrangement for our 
Sunday evening programs which seems to be very satisfactory: two 
Sunday evenings the B. Y. P. D. sponsors the program, the men's 
organization one evening, the B. Y. P. D. two evenings, then the 
Women's Work group one evening, with a sermon by the pastor each 
time. Sunday evening, Jan. 3, the subject was Leadership for the 
B. Y. P. D. hour, followed by the sermon by the pastor on Christ Our 
Leader. At the close of the Sunday morning worship Dec. 20, appro- 
priate services were held in honor of the fiftieth wedding anniversary 
of Brother and Sister Martin Frye. who have been faithful members of 
our church for many years. — Mrs. Fred Young, Mogadore, Ohio, Jan. 4. 


Grants Pass. — Bro. R. C. Flory, our elder, and several others at- 
tended the four-day National Preaching Mission in Portland in No- 
vember. They report a large attendance and a spiritual meeting. 
Bro. John R. Peters and wife of Waterford, Calif., were with us Nov. 6 
and he preached two splendid sermons on Sunday. Bro. C. H. Bark- 
low and wife were with us on Sunday, Nov. 29, and he gave us a I 
sermon both morning and evening. The officers of our Aid Society 
were elected for another year with Sister Jennie Drake, president. We 
make quilts, baby blankets, comforts and do charity work. We also 
sent money and clothing to Bandon; we gave four Christmas baskets 
to the needy. Bro. H. G. Shank of Portland came to us Dec. 8 and 
conducted a revival meeting of two weeks. One accepted Christ and 
was baptized and the members were much built up spiritually. The 
meetings closed with a love feast with Bro. Shank officiating. The 
evangelist visited all the homes in Grants Pass and some in the rural 
district. The Williams church is without a local minister and work 
is suffering.— Mrs. J. S. Christlieb, Grants Pass, Ore., Jan. 2. 


Center Hill (Glade Run) church has had its name changed from 
Glade Run church to Center Hill, because it has always been known 
locally as the Center Hill church, so hereafter all news will be from 
the Center Hill church. The work here is progressing nicely, and 
great improvements are taking place. We have recently installed 
electric lights in our church and they were dedicated by our pastor, 
Bro. W. C. Sell, Dec. 27. We rejoice that they were dedicated free of 
debt. This great improvement was under the auspices of the men's 
brotherhood and the Sunday school. The men's brotherhood now are 
building a fine kitchen in the basement. The ladies of the church are 
planning on buying a splendid outside bulletin board to be erected in 
front of the church. Nov. 15 the Montgomery church brought us a 
fine program which our church deeply appreciated. It will be long 
remembered for its spiritual uplift. Nov. 22 a program was held in 
our church by three churches known as circuit No. 10. The play 
brought by the Plum Creek church was very touching and impressive. 
Dec. 6 Mrs. George Detweiler from the Meyersdale church brought us 
a wonderful missionary message which was deeply appreciated. Dec. 20 
we had a fine Christmas program in which each class up to the adult 
age took part. At the close of the program our pastor and family 
were presented with a purse of $42.50 and a letter of appreciation for 
their faithful services. Besides this they were given individual gifts 
by some of the members. There is a love between pastor and con- 
gregation which causes beautiful co-operation in all departments. Our 
pastor held ten weeks of evangelistic services in different places this 
summer and fall. During his absence Mrs. Sell assumed full charge 
and filled the pulpit.— Mrs. Carmon Bowser, Kittanning, Pa., Dec. 31. 

Conestoga. — At our young people's meeting on Nov. 22 Brethren 
Donald Royer, Ellwood Lentz and Edw. Lander of Elizabethtown Col- 
lege gave a timely program in the interest of international peace. On 
Thanksgiving Day Bro. W. E. Glasmire preached an appropriate ser- 
mon and an offering was lifted for home missions. Our church met 
in council Dec. 12. The Sunday-school treasurer's report was very 
encouraging. Paul R. Myer was elected church treasurer for a term 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1937 


of five years. Brethren Paul R. Myer and Jacob E. Ebersole were 
called to the deacon's office. Elders Norman Musser and Harvey B. 
Markley were in charge of the election. Our young people have re- 
organized with Sister Anna Hess, president. Dec. 20 we closed a two 
weeks' series of evangelistic meetings conducted by Eld. Norman Mus- 
ser of Mountville. He delivered seventeen helpful and spiritual ser- 
mons. In company with one of our brethren he visited in a number 
of homes. One stood for Christ. We appreciated the presence of min- 
istering brethren from surrounding churches, also the messages in song 
by the ladies' chorus from Mountville and the numbers furnished by 
home talent. Dec. 25 our Sunday school gave an interesting Christ- 
mas program. In addition to the children's part, a pageant, Christmas 
in the Cobbler's Shop, was given by the young people. An offering 
of $22.50 was lifted for the benefit of the Rescue Mission in Lancaster. 
Dec. 27 Eld. Simon G. Bucher of Annville brought us an interesting 
welfare message and on Jan. 3 Eld. Abram A. Price of Indian Creek 
preached the quarterly missionary sermon. Since our last report one 
was restored to fellowship, two were received by letter and one cer- 
tificate was granted.— Addie A. Myer, Leola, Pa., Jan. 4. 

Shamokin.— The latter part of the old year was full of interesting 
events for our church. During this period five persons were baptized. 
On May 31 a group from Conestoga church conducted Sunday services; 
Bro. D. S. Meyer preached the sermons. Sixty-four members com- 
muned at the June love feast; Bro. D. H. Snader delivered the exami- 
nation sermon. A group of young people from the East Petersburg 
church together with Bro. Clyde Weaver held Sunday morning serv- 
ices on June 28. In June our former pastor, Bro. J. J. Scrogum, vis- 
ited us. On July 12 Bro. Harry Ziegler of Maryland preached an in- 
spirational morning sermon. The Palmyra gospel quartet sang at the 
morning and evening services on July 19. A group of young people of 
Lebanon headed by Bro. Lester Royer conducted morning services on 
Aug. 16. Bro. H. A. Merkey with his young people's group from 
Manheim held afternoon services on Sept. 27. The largest love feast 
in the history of our church was partaken of by the members on 
Oct. 11. Four families of the Florin church, Garber, Kahley, Bower, 
and Wenger, visited our church on Sunday, Oct. 18. The young peo- 
ple of the church enacted a missionary play, The Pill Bottle, on Sun- 
day morning, Nov. 22, and on Tuesday evening, Nov. 24. At the 
community Thanksgiving service on Nov. 25 our pastor, Bro. Jesse 
Whitacre, delivered the sermon. A play, The True Meaning of Christ- 
mas, was enacted by the young people of the congregation before a 
filled church on Sunday evening, Dec. 20. The successful year of 1936 
was appropriately ended on Thursday night with a prayer meeting 
beginning at 8 o'clock and followed by a play, School at Hickory Hol- 
low, at 10 o'clock and concluded with a beautiful candlelight service 
from 11 o'clock to five minutes after twelve, New Year's morning. 
The following filled the pulpit during Bro. Whitacre's absence for 
evangelistic meetings: Bro. Harry K. Balsbaugh of Harrisburg, Pa.; 
Bro. James Beahm of Elizabethtown, Pa.; and Bro. Nevin Zuck of 
Lebanon, Pa.— Mrs. Emma Dilliplane, Shamokin, Pa., Jan. 5. 

Unkmtown.— Sister Olive Widdowson was with us in October and 

gave a very helpful message on her work in India where she has been 
for twenty-one years. We were glad for the opportunity of enter- 
taining the district meeting in our church Oct. 27 and 28. A preach- 
ing mission was held in our city Oct. 22 and 23 in preparation for the 
eight-day preaching mission which followed. The annual father and 
son meeting sponsored by the men's organization was held Nov. 12; 
over 100 men and boys were present. On Nov. 15 our revival meetings 
began and continued for two weeks with Bro. E. M. Hertzler oi W'ind- 
ber, evangelist. His sermons were strong and practical. The attend- 
ance was very good, quite a number having a perfect record. Bro. 
Hertzler accompanied by Bro. Sollenberger, visited in about 120 homes. 
As a direct result eight were added to the church by baptism and three 
by letter. Our communion service was held on Nov. 29. Some time 
next spring Bro. Sollenberger will preach for the Windbcr folks. A 
missionary and peace program sponsored by the women's missionary 
society was given at the December meeting, a special feature being the 
candlelight service. Nov. 23 an impressive service was held when 
Brother and Sister Robert Byerly were installed into the ministry. 
Bro. R. E. Shober of Connellsville and Bro. Hertzler conducted the 
installation. The B. Y. P. D. of Connellsville entertained our group 
at a fellowship supper recently. Our B. Y. P. D. is progressing stead- 
ily under the supervision of Bro. Byerly. The B. Y. P. D. and C. W. 
meetings were addressed recently by Mrs. Lucy Humes of this city, 
county welfare worker among the colored people. We are endea 
to place the Messenger in 75 per cent of the homes again this year. 
The primary department gave a short program on Sunday morning, 
Dec. 20. In the evening the cantata, The Child Divine, was given. The 
envelope system has been in use in our church for a number of years 
and we find it a commendable way to raise finances for the church. 
One of our men's classes has adopted the plan and use the envelopes 
in their weekly class offerings. Our building fund offerings have also 
been good. — Alta Lovvdermilk, Uniontown, Pa., Jan. 3. 


Beaver Run. — Bro. Ernest Muntzing of Clarksburg, W. Va., held our 
revival meeting Aug. 30 to Sept. 14, which closed with a love feast. 
Twenty accepted Christ as their Savior; sixteen of this number joined 
the Church of the Brethren and four united with other denominations. 
Practically all of these were young people. Two also were reclaimed. 
We rendered a very nice Christmas program at our church. Dec. 30 
the chorus from Westernport church, Md., directed by Bro. Russell 
Devore, rendered their Christmas cantata for us. At our council 
meeting Dec. 31, Bro. Slone Staggs was reinstalled into the ministry. 
Several years ago he had asked to be relieved of this office and his 
wish was granted. We are glad for renewed interest and the recent 
decision to preach the gospel. His wife was also installed at the same 
time. Bro. C. O. Showalter of Keyser, member of the ministerial 
board, conducted an impressive installation service. The following 
officers have been elected for this year: Elder, A. S. A. Holsinger; 
correspondent, the writer; Messenger agent, Galen Ludwick; Sunday- 
school superintendent, Slone Staggs.— Bessie A. Holsinger, Burling- 
ton, W. Va., Jan. 4. 




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"Ganga Mai Ki Jai" 

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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1937 



"For the service of the house of our God" 
Monday: Nehemiah 10: 32-39 

Here are minute provisions for the 
service of the house of God, specific 
instructions in church finance. No- 
tice that these gifts are called offer- 
ings and tithes, not a collection. The 
Hebrew tithe was only a minimum, 
the good Jew gave much more. 

Should the Christian give a tithe to- 
day? Surely there is no such abso- 
lute requirement, but a Christian will 
want to give at least as much as the 
Jew. If the Lord's people appreciated 
all that he has done for them would 
they not make adequate provision for 
the service of his house? 

What would the Lord think of the 
spirit of my giving? Are our offer- 
ings in any way proportional to what 
we spend for recreation and luxuries? 

O Lord, fill our hearts with a true 
sense of stewardship. Amen. 

The City and the Country 

"And the princes of the people dwelt in Jeru- 
salem . . . and as for the villages with 
their fields . . ." 

Tuesday: Nehemiah 11: 1-36 

This chapter, like the seventh, con- 
tains a long list of names, some of 
them names of those who lived in Je- 
rusalem. The depleted population of 
the Holy City presented a difficult 
problem to Nehemiah. He actually 
had to conscript people to come and 
live in the city. They much preferred 
their villages and fields. How differ- 
ent from our time when millions have 
flocked to the great cities! 

The important thing is not whether 
one lives in the city or the country 
but whether one loves the Lord and 
strives to do his will. Actually the 
Lord has many followers in both city 
and country. The place where one 
lives should not determine his spir- 
itual attitude although it may have an 

Our Father, we thank thee thai We 
can worship and serve thee wherever 
we live. Amen. 


"The priests and the Levites purified them- 
selves, and they purified the people, and the 
gates, and the wall" 

Wednesday: Nehemiah 12: 1 or 22-30 

The Hebrew religion was filled with 
purification rites and in the dedica- N 
tion of the new wall they had a large 


place. These ceremonies have large- 
ly passed out of our religious observ- 
ances because we know that outward 
purification is only a ceremony and 
may cover much real sin, but have we 
substituted a rigorous individual 
purification? If we are the children 
of God who is " of purer eyes than to 
behold evil," we should carefully ex- 
amine ourselves and pray for strength 
to purge our lives and thoughts of all 
that is not in harmony with his will. 
It is our failure to live pure lives 
which hinders the church's testimony. 
Would not a regular time of self- 
examination and purification help us 
spiritually? "Every one that hath 
this hope set on him purifieth him- 
self" (1 John 3: 3). 

"Search me, O God, and know my 
heart: try me and know my thoughts; 
and see if there be any wicked way in 
me." Amen. 

The Joy of Jerusalem 

"The joy of Jerusalem was heard even 
afar oS" 

Thursday: Nehemiah 12: 31-47 

The dedication service was a time 
of great rejoicing. The text may 
mean that the noise was heard at a 
great distance, or more likely that the 
news spread far and wide that it had 
been a glad time in the old city. I 
wonder what people hear about the 
church? No one has as much right 
to be happy as the Christian and the 
church should be a place of rejoicing. 
We can help to make it that. Why 
must we always gossip about the diffi- 
culties and shortcomings when we 


To understand Nehemiah fully one 
must also read Ezra. These books 
supplement each other and give a con- 
tinuous narrative of post-exilic Jewish 
history. Nehemiah, the civil governor, 
and Ezra the priest, worked together 
to rebuild a nation. 

The Book of Ezra has two parts : 

1. The narrative of the return under 
Zerubbabel in 538 B. C. with the 
restoration of divine service and the 
erection of the temple. 

2. An account of the return under 
Ezra in 458 B. C. and the successful 
measures to put a stop to the mar- 
riage of Israelites with foreigners. 

could talk about the glories of the 
church, the glories of her Lord, which 
are a source of continual rejoicing. 

O Father, help me to make out 
church a church of joy. Amen. 

A Relapse 

"In the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes 
king of Babylon I went unto the king" 

Friday: Nehemiah 13: 1-14 

During Nehemiah's return to Baby- 
lon there was a sad relapse in the re- 
formed city of Jerusalem. Tobiah, an 
enemy of Nehemiah and a Samaritan 
spy, was given lodging within the tem- 
ple, the Levites were not getting the 
tithe, and as we shall see later in this 
chapter, the Sabbath was disregarded 
and many were marrying foreigners. 
When Nehemiah returned he immedi- 
ately cast Tobiah out and set the rul- 
ers of Israel in their place for their 
neglect of the tithe. This is indeed a 
sad anticlimax to the glorious twelfth 
chapter with its dedication picture, 
but how human it is ! How often 
backsliding follows spiritual ecstasy. 
When the revival is on many come to 
church who never come again for 
months or years. Do we need special 
financial drives to force us to give to 
the work of the church or do we con- 
tribute regularly and gladly? 

Keep us, O Lord, from becoming 
cold or indifferent. Amen. 

A Selfish Prayer 

"Remember me, O my God, for good" 

Saturday: Nehemiah 13: 15-31 

This seems like a very low note on 
which to close the book — a selfish 
prayer for one's own well-being. But 
why should we criticise Nehemiah 
when so much of our own prayer is 
selfish ? If we had been in his place, 
struggling to rebuild the city, and 
during our absence our work had 
been undone, could we have continued 
to pray for the city and its people, or 
would we like Nehemiah have cried 
out, " Lord, I have done all I could. 
You know my intentions although I 
have little to show for my efforts. In 
your lovingkindness just remember 
me." Although we may understand 
why Nehemiah prayed as he did, we 
should not excuse his complacency. 
He had done great things but humility 
would have made him even greater. 

Give us strength, O Lord, to be 
humble and loving. Amen. 




H. A. BRANDT— Assistant Editor 

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In the Land of Multi- 
tudes — or Bathers in the 
Sacred Ganges 

Are the Indian Religions Adequate? 


In recent years in the books and magazine articles 
written and in the speeches made about India we fre- 
quently find discussions which dwell on the fine, beau- 
tiful passages to be found in the sacred books of India 
and on the high ethical teachings found in the various 
religions of this great land. Among many groups of 
people any emphasis on the undesirable aspects of In- 
dian life and religion is not too welcome. The Lay- 
men's Report which came out a few years ago accused 
missionaries of presenting an overdrawn picture of the 
distress and need of India. 

All this has come about as a reaction against the 
lack of sympathetic understanding and the antagonistic 
spirit toward non-Christian faiths, too often shown in 
an earlier day by some of those who were interested in 
the missionary enterprise. Now the pendulum has 
merely swung to the other extereme. The result of it 
all has been that thousands of Christians in America 
have come to believe that the need of India for the 
gospel is very much less than they used to think it was. 
Many assume that there is little reason why we should 

attempt to win from their childhood faith those who 
follow faithfully religions which have in them the fine 
things found in Hinduism, Mohammedanism, or Bud- 

That there are fine passages in the Bhagwadgita of 
the Hindus, splendid teachings in the Koran of the 
Mohammedans, high ethical standards in the message 
of Buddha, and gleams of truth in all the living re- 
ligions of India, no one of intelligence will deny. That 
the missionary should recognize the hunger for God 
which is ever in the heart of India and which has given 
birth to all these faiths, and that he should have a 
sympathetic attitude toward those whose quest for the 
Eternal has led them to seek him by these various paths 
is equally apparent. But we can not accept the verdict 
of those who would make Christ only one Savior 
among many. Some speakers, even in missionary con- 
ferences, no longer believe that " there is none other 
name under heaven given among men, whereby we 
must be saved," but openly assert that men can and do 
find their hunger for God satisfied in other religions 
besides Christianity and under other leaders than 
Christ. Decide the question for yourself after reading 
this India number of the Messenger. 

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Find the article of the " Eternal Quest of India " 
and see the hunger of the Hindu for God. Go with 
him to Benares as he there tries to find inner peace. 
Does he find it? 

Accompany a group of village people as they seek to 
appease the wrath of the smallpox goddess. Would 
their belief in evil spirits and an angry goddess 
bring rest to your heart? 

Let your imagination carry you into the experiences 
of the Hindu widow. Would a religion that teaches 
that she is responsible for her husband's death satisfy 
you? Does it satisfy her, think you? 

Read the testimony of some who have quested for 
God along other paths and have finally found in Christ 
the answer to all their need. Then in your own heart 
answer these questions : Is Christ only one among 
many Saviors? Are messengers from the Christian 
church still needed in India? Can we be Christian 
and not seek to share with those in India who are hun- 
gry- for God the peace and satisfaction we have found 
in him through Christ? As a Christian, what is my 
personal responsibility to India and what will I do in 
1937 to meet that responsibility? 

Vyara, India. 

An Untouchable Finds God 


(Note: Lavjibhai is one of the faithful members of the Anklesvar 
church in India. The following account was prepared from the story 
of his life as he told it in Gujarati.) 

My life began in the humble home of an outcaste a 
little over fifty years ago. When I was just a small 
child my mother said to me : " Son, you are the 
youngest of seven brothers. By the will of God the 
other six all died in babyhood. I have dedicated you 
to the service of God." These words made a deep im- 
pression on my mind. Other incidents served to in- 
crease the effect of my mother's statement. 

According to the rites of her religion my mother 
made offerings to many of the Hindu gods and god- 
desses in order that they might look upon me with 
favor and spare my life. As long as I lived with her 
my mother begged money from the people for my 
clothing. This she did in the belief that if she used 
the money of others for my support I would be more 
likely to live. 

Although my name was Lavji much of the time my 
mother called me Fakir. (A fakir is a religious de- 
votee.) Thus early in life my mind became filled with 
the thought that my life must be devoted to God. 

My father's three brothers were Christians and they 
received opportunities for an education and occupied 
positions of honor and responsibility. When but a 
child I used to think about the condition of the fam- 
ilies of my uncles and contrast it with that of my fa- 

ther. I would ask myself, " Why is there so much 
difference?" My father knew a little about Christi- 
anity and when any Christian would come he would 
say, " I am a Christian." But as he observed the rites 
and ceremonies of Hinduism I knew that he was not a 

When I was about eight years old my father died. 
He left nothing for the support of the family. There- 
fore, my mother moved to a little village where she 
managed to care for me and my three sisters by work- 
ing at hard labor. Schools were scarce then but when 
I was ten years old I started to school although I had 
to walk three miles to another town. Soon after this 
the Salvation Army opened a school in our village and 
I then attended this school until I had passed in the 
first grade. One day I received a copy of the gospel of 
Matthew as a prize for learning to sing a song well. 
How eager I was to read the little book, but I was not 
able to do so. 

When I was eleven years old I went to live with a 
maternal uncle and I remained with him until I was 
sixteen. During this time I began working on the 
railway. My heart was filled with one supreme desire. 
I wanted to find God and the peace which I felt he 
alone could give. I determined I would learn to read 
in order that I might be able to study the different 
religions. By faithful private study I finally was able 
to read quite well. Then began an earnest search for 
God. During all these years I had never worshiped 
the Hindu gods for I had decided I would not follow 
any religion until I was sure I had found the right one. 
I studied many of the Hindu religious books, however, 
but I found no peace or satisfaction through them. 

I bought a Bible and began to study it. The Sermon 
on the Mount, the life of Paul and the death of Jesus 
captivated my mind and heart. I became convinced 
that Christ was the only one who could give me peace. 
As I studied I shared what I learned with my wife 
and in 1909 when I was twenty -three years old, we 
both accepted Christ. At this time we were living at 
Anklesvar and I heard of Bro. Stover. I went to him 
and asked for and received baptism. My wife was 
also baptized at the same time. 

My hopes were fully realized. I found God. The 
fear of death left and my burden of sin rolled away. 
I had the peace for which I had long sought. Since 
then God has wonderfully blessed me. 

I shared my new-found joy with my mother, and in 
time she also became a Christian. I was transferred 
to another town and there I came in touch with an 
Arya Samajist teacher and we became fast friends. 
We used to discuss religion very often. His transfer 
separated us but to my great joy he wrote me a letter 
not long afterward in which he said, " I, too, have 
become a Christian." 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1937 

To me Hinduism is like the ocean. Its water ap- 
pears clean and beautiful. The thirsty soul who looks 
at it believes it will quench his thirst. Only when he 
drinks of it does he discover that it is salty and that it 
only increases his distress. 

Christianity is like the Indian pond. The people 
look at it and think the water very filthy. They think 
because all castes, including even the untouchables, 
come to Christ that his religion is impure. Only when 
they accept Christ do they realize that the water which 
he gives is sweet and pure and quenches the thirst of 
the soul. Jesus Christ is the only Savior and when the 
thirsty soul comes to him the long quest for God is 
ended and deliverance from fear and the burden of 
sin is obtained. 

Anklesvar, India. 

The Gods of Our Neighbors 


In our India mission field we are living and working 
ajnong 700,000 people who belong to the Non-Aryan 
aborigines of the country, called Hill or Forest Tribes. 
Ten chief tribes are found in this part of India, and 
from them nearly all of our Christians have come. For 
the most part the people of these tribes are poor, back- 
ward, illiterate and very superstitious. Their religion 
is called Animism, which means the worship of spirits. 
These spirits are thought to inhabit both animate and 
inanimate objects, and are both benevolent and ma- 
levolent, the latter including ghosts, witches and dem- 
ons. Everything that happens is attributed to spirits, 
i. e., famine, accident, misfortune, disease, sickness, 

What should one see in this picture? It shows a devas- 
tan, or the place of a god, now sadly neglected. The reader 
can hardly miss the two-headed alligator god. The white 
object in front of it is a clay horse for the gods to ride on at 
night. The two trees sheltering the shrine are probably 
parasitic in nature like our mistletoe, but have practically 
overwhelmed their hosts. 

even the trivial things of life. People live in constant 
dread of evil spirits and their worship consists of 
means and efforts which are meant to appease the 
wrath of these spirits. 

Animism is not an organized religion. Its followers 
have no scriptures and no temples, and the men who 
act as priests are the magicians and witch doctors. 
Their shrines are small and rude, sometimes a cave in 
the rocks, sometimes simply a cheap grass roof built 
over an idol, sometimes the idols stand in open places 
by a tree or rock without any roof at all. The images 
are rough unhewn stones or crudely carved pieces of 

Their gods and goddesses are numerous and they 
are assigned to various duties. One is set over cholera, 
another over smallpox ; one is set on the village boun- 
dary and another by the threshing floor for protection ; 
one protects from the savage tiger, another from the 
poisonous cobra, and still another from the alligator ; 
while a different one protects the cattle. Many of these 
are found in every village while others are located only 
in certain places. The most important gods are few 
and located on high mountains, sometimes in almost in- 
accessible places. The worship of female deities is 
predominant, because they are greatly feared. They 
are fickle in temperament so easily become angry and 
begin to work harm hence must be frequently ap- 
peased. When they are pleased they bestow splendid 
blessings, but when they are angry they punish without 
mercy. For the most part blood sacrifices, are neces- 
sary to appease them. These consist of goats or fowls. 

When an epidemic breaks out in a village, then the 
people think the goddess which rules over that disease 
is angry and must be appeased, so a special ceremony is 
performed. The witch doctor is in charge. A carpen- 
ter makes a small four-wheeled cart about a foot long, 
six inches wide and a few inches high. Then a small 
image of the goddess is made out of wood. This is 
about eight inches long and is set upright on the cart. 
The priest lights a wick before it, rubs some vermilion 
over it and worships. As it represents a goddess they 
present to it bangles, comb, mirror, rolling pin, etc., 
put on it a red dress and use a white cloth for a roof. 
Then offerings of grain, coins, cocoanuts, betel nuts, a 
fowl, a goat, sometimes a buffalo are presented. Next 
all the people of the village sweep their houses and 
yards and gather up all the rubbish. Finally, the 
men carry the cart with its idol, all the offerings 
and the baskets of rubbish to the village boundary 
singing and shouting and beating drums as they go. 
Here it is all deposited out in the open. Near our 
home is such a place where piles of rubbish have ac- 
cumulated. It is a kind of " scopegoat " rite by which 
they hope to remove the epidemic from the village. 
But it fails! 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1937 

The taking of vows is a very common practice 
among these people. A few weeks ago while passing 
along the road near Yyara we saw a group of people 
before an idol. Upon inquiry we found that they had 
come to fulfill a vow. A small boy in the family was 
ill. so the father made a vow to this god that if the 
child got well he would bring a cock as an offering. 
The child got well, so this day they had come with their 
friends to fulfill the vow. Along with the cock they 
had brought other articles as offerings also, as rice, 
vermilion, cocoanut and liquor. But the chief offering 
is usually the cock, which is presented to the idol, then 
killed there and the blood poured upon the idol while 
the god is praised for his goodness and further bless- 
ings invoked. Then some of the feathers are tied to a 
pole near by the idol, and after the cock is cooked the 
liver along with some liquor is also presented to the 
god. After this the people feast together there before 
the idol believing that the god is pleased and satis- 

The rainfall was far below normal in many districts 
of Bombay presidency and famine was threatened. 
Even here around our stations people were crying to 
their gods for more rain — Mohammedans, Parsees, 
Hindus, Animists and Christians were all praying for 
rain. A few days ago the Hindus of Vyara had a 
large sacrifice in the public square of the town in which 
hundreds of pounds of clarified butter were poured 
upon the fire as an offering to their god, while the 
priests implored him for rain. The Animists of a cer- 
tain village took a goat and the other ordinary offerings 
and made their way up a steep mountain to the top 
where a famous god in the form of a small round 
stone is located. For several days previous the men 
of the village made special preparations, especially at 
night when they tried to becorne possessed with the 
spirit of the god. When the auspicious day arrived 
they all bathed and washed their clothes early in the 
morning, then took up their offerings and climbed the 
mountain shouting and shaking their heads all the way 
for they were now spirit-possessed. When they ar- 
rived before the idol the priest in charge took a handful 
of rice and placed it before the god and worshiped by 
folding his hands. Then he presented all the offerings 
which they had brought, the important one being the 
goat. The goat was made to kneel before the idol 
while the priest said : " O God, our mountain, partner 
of all the people, our Father, for so many days we have 
been worshiping in thy name, and today we have come 
to thy court bringing the offerings we had promised, 
therefore take account of these and honor them, and 
send us rain and bless us in our fields and threshing 
floors, bless our cattle, flocks and fowls, bless our 
wives and children, in everything bless us and keep us 
happy." Then the goat was killed and the blood 

spilled before the idol and the tail hung on a pole 
close by. The goat was cooked and the worshipers 
had a feast of it there along with some liquor. The 
liver was not eaten, but presented to the god and with 
some liquor was placed on the rice which was first 
offered. The gods enjoy the same food that people 
enjoy. Well, after some days the rain came. Are 
you surprised that these folks believe that their 
mountain god sent it? And are you surprised if the 
Hindus believe their god sent it? 

How long, O how long must these tribes sit in 
darkness? How long shall they yet trust in gods and 
goddesses made of wood and stone? How long must 
they yet believe that all misfortune comes from ma- 
lignant spirits? How long must they still live in con- 
stant dread of witches and demons? How long shall 
they believe that their ancestors become ghosts and 
must be fed and worshiped? Every village has its 
god-yard where the spirits of the ancestors dwell in 
stones dedicated to them. How long must this idol 
worship continue? O kind heavenly Father, send 
forth witnesses who shall be able to instruct these 
people and persuade them that thou art the only true 
and living God, so that they may worship thee alone. 

Vyara, via Surat, India. 

From Animism to Christ 


My parents belonged to the Dhodia caste, a caste of 
the aborignes. Their religion is a form of Animism. 
They lived in Satam, a village near Jalalpor in Surat 
district. In that village I was born Nov. 1, 1908. 
When I was about seven years old my mother died. 

For a little while I attended school in Satam but soon 
my father secured work in the office of the mayor of 
Jalalpor and my mother, Ramabai, and I accompanied 
him to that place. I attended the government school in 
Jalalpor until I had finished the third grade. After 
this I returned to the village to live with my grand- 
parents and while there I completed the fourth grade. 
Later my father arranged for me to stay in a govern- 
ment boarding school. I spent five years there and 
completed the elementary school course. I was about 
fifteen years old when I passed the vernacular final 

During the time I was in the boarding school I knew 
little about religion, but I worshiped the idols my rela- 
tives worshiped. I was very superstitious. Although 
the Animists are counted as Hindus, their religion is 
really not the same as Hinduism. In the school there 
were a number of Hindu boys and they made many ef- 
forts to get me to accept the Hindu faith. My answer 
was, " I have plenty of time yet and until I am sure 
what the true religion is I will not accept any." 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1937 

After I took my vernacular final examination I 
went to Surat where my father was then employed. I 
told father I wished to study English and this pleased 
him so I became a student in the government middle 
school and later in the high school. I studied to the 
matriculation class. In the meantime my father fell 
into financial troubles and it became difficult for him to 
"provide even sufficient food. Therefore I had to give 
up my study and could not take my matriculation ex- 
amination. However, the English study I had done 
was of great benefit to me; and besides, I had made 
many friends. By living among good Hindus my 
ethical standards improved. I also received good teach- 
ings from the Mohammedans with whom I associated, 
but I had no peace in my heart. I had not yet found 
the true religion. I was counted among the Hindus 
and if I accepted any other religion I would be re- 
garded as defiled. Therefore, I was not happy to fol- 
low any other faith. For this reason, atlhough I often 
came in contact with Christians, I took no part in their 
conversation about religion. When any Christian 
^reached in the city I would not even stop to listen. 
In fact, I was opposed to Christianity. 

Since my father was uneducated people taunted him 
about the marriage of my brother and myself. So he 
resolved at any cost to borrow money and arrange for 
)ur weddings. My father found two educated girls 
and the bethrothals took place. Ort account of the 
shortage of money the weddings were postponed until 
1930. I was married to Gagarabai who had been a 
student in the Mission Girls' School at Jalalpor. 
Through the influences there she had become a Chris- 

My wife began to show the light of Christianity to 

I Seek Whom I Know Not* 

I seek whom I know not! 

He draws my soul; 

I go and know not that I go! 

Through the shoreless dark 

A still small voice calls me; 

I grope my way unseeing, unthinking: 

I know only that God is. 

Who shall tell me 

By what name to call him, 

Where to find him? 

I have neither knowledge 
Nor have I yoga;** 
I only follow the scent. 

Ah, where shall I find him 

To whom I have given my heart? 

'Bengali Hymn from "Temple Bells." Used by the kind permission 
of the Y. M. C. A. Press, Calcutta. 
** '•Yoga'' is the technique of religious meditation. 

me and gave me good teaching. I was searching for 
the truth and the fine teaching pleased me, but still I 
continued to worship idols. 

I secured service under the government and worked 
for a number of months, but Triad no peace and felt I 
ought to settle the question of religion. 

One day I went to the motion picture theater with 
a friend. The advertisement said that the picture, The 
King of Kings would be shown. When I saw this 
name I thought it must be a good picture. We went 
inside and behold, the film shown portrayed the life of 
Christ. My attention was held to the end. I was much 
affected by the picture. I felt that if Jesus Christ is 
the King of kings I ought to follow him. But I began 
to think, " If I become a Christian my father will turn 
against me and my friends will oppose me." I thought 
about it for several days and then one day I said to my 
wife, " I want to leave the work I am doing and find 
some other kind of work." 

Gagarabai answered, "If you put in a request per- 
haps you can secure work in the mission ; but after you 
work there you should become a Christian." 

I replied : " I ought to be a Christian anyway there- 
fore it will only be a help to me." 

I applied for a position and was given a place as 
teacher by Miss E. B. Miller. When I told my father 
that I was going into mission service he said: "If you 
go there you must not come to my home." My friends 
also felt badly. But my wife and I felt that truth was 
worth more than money and friends. I therefore re- 
signed my government position and began teaching in 
a village school. Every day I received Christian teach- 
ing and my faith became stronger. Four months later 
I was baptized by J. M. Blough. I continued teaching 
for four years and during that time the light of Christ 
increased in my life and my heart became filled with 
peace. Fear of every kind passed away. Three years 
later my brother also became a Christian. 

In June of 1935 I entered Bible School. Through 
the grace of Jesus Christ I have grown in the Christian 
life and for this I praise God. 

A Brahmin Surrenders to Christ 


The old Hindu headmaster of the government boys' 
school down town here at Vyara wishes to become a 
Christian. He is a Brahmin. Even as recently as two 
years ago he was none too friendly toward the Chris- 
tians. In recent months Govindji has gotten in touch 
with him. This last Sunday evening when Govindji 
went to call on the headmaster he found him supreme- 
ly happy. He had been reading the Bible all day and 
had met Christ and surrendered to him. He says, " All 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1937 

my life I have sought God and now in my old age I 
have found him." He at once began to testify to his 
friends, inquired about church membership and says 
he is ready to go all the way with Christ. When I told 
some of our Christian teachers they almost fell over 
with surprise for he has been such a strict Hindu. He 
will need our prayers for we know what it means for 
a Brahmin to confess Christ. 
Vyara, India. 

From Hinduism to Christianity 


A Personal Testimony 

Note: Mr. Harshe has taught a large number of our Marat hi mission- 
aries while they were studying the language. 

My parents were orthodox Hindus and I received all 
the training of an orthodox Brahmin boy. At the time 
of my sacred thread ceremony I was entrusted with 
the sacred Vedic hymns and prayers. After the thread 
ceremony every Brahmin boy has the right to learn 
the Vedas and to repeat the Vedic hymns and prayers. 

I could not understand the meaning of the Sanscrit 
prayers and so I asked my priest to explain them. He 
said, " I also do not know the meaning and it is not 
necessary to know it. Although you do not know the 
meaning of the prayers God does know and understand 
the meaning. Just perform the ritual morning and 
evening regularly and attentively." I used to do as 
told, but I was never satisfied. I wished I could say 
my prayers in Marathi and I wanted to tell everything 
to God just as I would talk to my mother, or father, or 
to a friend. For many years this difficulty remained. 

One time I went to the Prarthana Samaj at Poona 
to see Justice Ranade. I had never before seen him 
nor had I heard his lectures. There I heard Marathi 
prayers. I was much pleased to hear prayers in my 
mother tongue for the first time. I liked the way in 
which they were offered. Although I was a student at 
the time I began to attend the meetings of the Samaj 
from that day and after a few years I became a mem- 
ber of the society. I thought the Prarthana Samaj had 
the highest form of Hindu worship for it was free 
from idolatry and caste distinction. Here I found in- 
tellectual satisfaction. As far as reasoning and argu- 
ment were concerned I was satisfied, but I found no 
scope for my emotions. When I was in trouble or 
grief, or when overcome by temptation on whom could 
I call? Who would give me immediate help and re- 
lief ? Such questions persistently troubled me. 

Because of such questions I again went back to the 
Bhakti (devotion) school of Varkari. Superstition 
and idolatry were connected with it and there was not 
much place for reason, but I liked it for its devotion — 
its emotional side and its fervor. When I was in dif- 
ficulty or trouble, or was overcome by temptation, I 

would call upon him, sing the Marathi hymns and feel 
some comfort. Every day I attended the reading and 
discourses of Dnyaneschwari by Mr. Keshavrao, who 
is a great and learned devotee of the Vakari school in 
Poona. I enjoyed these discourses very much for the 
Dnyaneshwari is a commentary on the Bhagwadgita, 
the sacred book accepted by all the Hindu sects. It ex- 
plains ultimate truth and reality in a wonderful way 
by using simple and beautiful illustrations. Every 
night the lecturer made it all very interesting and ex- 
pounded everything in such an attractive manner that 
the audience felt as though they were in a trance. 
They forgot everything and for the time being felt as 
if they were in heaven. As for myself, I experienced 
and felt this. 

While following these people I resumed my ortho- 
dox ways. I observed the fasts of the Varkaris and 
did all the things which they did. Days, months, and 
years passed in this way but my trouble and my weak- 
nesses remained the same. I felt happy when I heard 
the philosophical explanations, but I never got any 
power over my temptations or weaknesses. 

From my boyhood I liked to listen to religious lec- 
tures. In the John Small Hall of Poona I attended 
Dr. MacNicol's Bible class and heard his lectures. I 
also heard Dr. E. Stanley Jones lecture. About this 
time Father Winslow opened the Christi Seva Sangh 
Ashram (Home of the Christian Service Association) 
in Poona. I often went there and received great help 
from Father Winslow, Father Elvin and other broth- 
ers of the Home. The Lord was leading me on by 
these means. 

I liked to attend the lectures of the missionaries 
when I was a student, a Prarthana Samaj ist, and a 
member of the Varkari sect. I also worked in mission 
schools and for about the last twenty years I have been 
working as a pandit (teacher) in the Marathi language 
school for missionaries. This kept me in constant 
touch with the missionaries and I was always highly 
impressed by their character, their refined and cultured 
manners, and their strong faith in Christ. 

While I was under the influence of the Bhakti 
Marga (way of devotion) and Dnyaneshwari, I re- 
ceived peace of mind while hearing the beautiful dis- 
courses ; but as soon as I left the lecture room and 
came downstairs, the peace was gone and trouble, 
temptation and weakness engrossed me and made me 

Many times I joined the retreats of the Christi Seva 
Sangh and there I was introduced to Mr. Madge who 
had started the House of Prayer in Poona. The 
prayers of the missionaries through the Lord Jesus 
Christ helped me wonderfully. This was about the 
end of 1932 and the whole of 1933. During this period 

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my household trouble was intense. My daughter was 
seriously ill at St. Margaret's hospital for many months 
and the lady doctors there had no other way left but 
to resort to prayer. She was cured by prayer. When 
my trouble and pain were intense I offered prayers 
through Christ and my prayers were answered and my 
trouble was removed. 

My Hindu Scriptures gave me fine teaching and put 
me on the beautiful road which ultimately led me to 
Christ. The living personality of Christ — his humility, 
love, and high standard of character were the things 
which carried me to him. In my Hindu Scriptures I 
found the best of teaching but I never found such a 
noble personality, such redeeming power, and such a 
living Presence. 

The following passages impressed me very much : 
" Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, 
and I will give you rest " (Matt. 11 : 28). "But seek 
ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and 
all these things shall be added unto you" (Matt. 6: 
33). I was also impressed by the fourteenth chapter 
of John. 

In October of 1932 I accepted Christ as my Savior 
and Redeemer and I told some of my friends about it. 
But I did not believe in baptism then. Father Wins- 
low asked me to put this matter to the Lord every 
morning when praying. One morning while I was 
praying I felt that I would never get strong nor would 
I get complete peace of mind unless I was baptized. 
Accordingly I spoke to Father Winslow about this and 
on May .5, 1934, at Mahableshvar, I was baptized by 
Father Winslow and confirmed by Bishop Aucland. 

God's Bonfires 


(This poem was inspired by the glorious trees that are popularly 
known as the "Flame of the Forest") 

I see God's blessed bonfires blazing o'er the barren land, 
The glowing flames enkindled by a mighty Master's hand; 
The fires that warm the tired soul and gladden weary eyes, 
And waken into life afresh the faith that slumbering lies. 

The summer's sun has scorched and seared the one-time 

grassy plain ■ 
And brown and sombre stretch the fields — a mute appeal 

for rain; 
But blending with the brown below, the silver sheen above, 
Are the vivid, flaming flashes of our heavenly Father's love. 

I see God's blessed bonfires — the famous forest's flame; 
They burn with steady brightness, unconscious of their 

But in their brilliant beauty, they bravely do their share 
To fill with light a land that is by summer suns made bare. 

We praise the great Creator for the beauty of his trees, 
And pray that we, his messengers, may be like unto these; 
Each one of us a glowing, vivid, fiery flame, 
To burn with zeal and vigor for the glory of his name I 

I have continued to live in my Brahmin family, in 
the same house in the Brahmin community. God is 
removing every trouble from my way and is giving me 
peace. I am quite happy and never for a moment have 
I felt sorry for the step I took. 

India's Eternal Quest 

(See Cover Page Picture) 

"Will you have a drink of Ganges water?" A 
Hindu fellow passenger thus offers to share his supply 
as our train pulls into the Hardwar station. Hardwar, 
situated on the Ganges River near its Himalayan 
source, is one of the most sacred of the cities of India 
to which pilgrimages are made. It is the gateway to 
the Himalaya Mountains toward whose summits we 
have seen many pilgrims — priests, holy men, ascetics 
and laymen — climbing to get nearer the " abode of the 

We continue to travel in the same general direction 
as that in which the Ganges River flows. At last our 
train reaches India's most sacred spot, Benares, " the 
city of trampled flowers." The eclipse of the sun is 
due tomorrow hence streams of pilgrims are pouring 
into the city that they may do their bit to help the 
sun in his struggle by worshiping and making an of- 
fering to Mother Ganges. 

Early the next morning two Indian Christians and 
I edge our way through the crowds along the bank of 
the river until we are near the sacred bathing ghats. 
In accordance with a long established custom and the 
promise of Hindu priests and scriptures, people of 
many different languages and customs have come here 
with the hope that a ceremonial bath in the sacred 
Ganges will cleanse them from the sins committed in 
this life as well as from those done in former lives. 

We rent a float and move out into the river to get a 
clear view of the throngs as they press eagerly down 
the stone steps to the place of worship. " Ganga mai 
ki jai" (Victory to Mother Ganga) shout the long lines 
of worshipers as they approach the river. 

What an atmosphere for worship ! The banks, as 
far as one can see, are filled with bathers of every de- 
scription. Each worshiper is seriously concerned 
about dipping himself the correct number of times and 
saying the proper Sanskrit phrases. Some are washing 
their mouths and spitting into the water. Decaying 
flowers float about. We see cinders that have been left 
as the residue of the corpses cremated an the near-by 
burning ghat. Never mind the color of the water, for 
it is holy water. Soul-cleansing is the purpose of the 
hundreds of worshipers. Hindus believe that the 
power of Mother Ganges can destroy any infection, 
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carry away many jars full of it for medical use. 

The sacred cows move freely among the worshipers. 
Here and there are the holy Brahmins who shrewdly 
press doles from the people. Underneath a huge um- 
brella sits a Hindu holy man. Among the bathers are 
college trained men who speak perfect English. Here, 
too, are old people who have come to the sacred city to 
await death. Some relative will light their funeral 
pyre and later will have the ashes strewn on the sacred 
water. A short distance away we see an ascetic's corpse 
being put into the water. 

Weary pilgrims are sitting on the verandas of the 
numerous temples that have been built near the bath- 
ing ghats by some of the rulers of the native states. 
These native kings desire that their bodies be brought 
here at death so they may be bathed in the sacred 
water. Then after their bodies are burned the ashes 
will be thrown upon Mother Ganges. Royal funeral 
ceremonies often cost thousands of dollars. 

After their ceremonial bath the pilgrims go to wor- 
ship in the various temples of Benares. We go to the 
temple of Mahadev or Shiva (the second god in the 
Hindu triad). Several priests are officiating here. 
After bathing outside the worshipers enter and pour 
water over the image which is on a wooden stand. 
They give flowers and other offerings and then con- 
clude their worship by ringing gongs. Water is kept 
dripping over the stone images that they may be com- 
fortable. They are also bathed, fanned, fed, and put 
into a bed which has a mosquito net. 

Shiva is the god of destruction and reproduction. 
He is frequently worshiped in the persons of his con- 
sorts or wives. Lurga, " the inaccessible," Karala, 
" the horrible one," and Kali, " the black one," are 
some of those commonly worshiped. The last named 
is depicted as a cruel woman who holds aloft a human 
head while she dances in devilish glee on the body of 
her husband. 

The lives of animals and more animals is the toll 
paid by the ignorant worshipers of Kali as they sprin- 
kle her protruding tongue with the blood of their sac- 

Let us trace through the centuries this quest for in- 
ner peace as it is seen in the experience of some of 
India's great sons. Mahavira was overwhelmed as he 
faced the puzzle of life. Although he lived in a pal- 
ace, he left it and his wife, and renounced all that he 
had at the age of thirty. He plucked out his hair in 
five handfuls and vowed that he would neglect his 
body for twelve years. Thus he became a religious 
ascetic. Jainism (599 B. C.) was a result of his quest. 

Gautama Buddha was also born in a palace. He 
married a princess and one son was born to them. But 
Gautama, realizing that sickness, old age and death 

await every person, became very much depressed. 
Hinduism's blood sacrifices seemed to him inhuman 
and inadequate. In his quest for inner harmony he 
took the path of resolute self-sacrifice and search. He 
left his wife and baby boy and after renouncing his 
claim to his father's throne he donned the garb of a 
monk. Out of his quest came Buddhism (566 B. C). 

Nanak, a great reformer, who attempted to harmon- 
ize Hinduism's mystic pantheism and idolatry with the 
nonidolatrous Mohammedanism, gave India the Sikh 
religion (1469 A. D.). 

Both Jainism and Buddhism greatly influenced Hin- 
duism but the religion of the Sikhs had little effect on 

One of the reasons why religions in India have failed 
is their tendency to focus atention on the piling up of 
personal merit. In a Christ-centered religion the indi- 
vidual is led to forget himself as he serves his fellows 
and his God. When India learns that religion includes 
not only man's outreach for God, but also God's out- 
reach for man, she will have found the most precious 
aspect of religion. 

How long will it be till Indian worshipers who quest 
with such devotion and earnestness, will have found 
the One who calls : " Come unto me all ye that labor 
and are heavy laden and I will give you peace " ? 

In the answer of the world to his grace the voice of 
India must be heard. 
Jalalpor, Surat Dist., India. 

A Khoja's Experience With Christ 


Imam Bakhsh Bawa was born of a family of Mo- 
hammedans of the sect called Khojas. These people 
account not only Mohammed as the great Prophet, 
but also Ali his sor^-in-law, whom they consider so 
wonderful as to be virtually an incarnation of God 
himself; and the Godly Light has been handed down 
in the descendents of Ali even to the present to the 
Agha Khan, whom they regard as Divinity. These 
folk hold a variety of mystic doctrines besides, some 
also copied from Hindu lore. And 'they are mostly 
well-behaved and industrious, so are relatively well-to- 

Imam was quite a small boy when his father died; 
but the mother reared her two sons carefully, living in 
Bombay city, giving them what was considered the best 
education, including Khoja religion, Arabic and Per- 
sian languages. Imam loved her fervently and his 
highest purpose was to please her. But at the same 
time he learned to hate the Christians as corrupters of 
God's religion, and he longed to do something drastic 
against them. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1937 


The hunger of the Mohammedans for God is evidenced 
by this great crowd at the offering of Ramzan, final Fri- 
day prayers, in Jama Masjid. This biggest and finest 
mosque in India was built by Emperor Shahjahan in 1650. 

One day he was walking in the Ranibagh Park when 
he found an aged missionary preaching to a group of 
hearers. With consummate bigotry and rudeness he 
began to rain abuse and curses upon the old man. The 
latter waited patiently till a pause, then remarked : 
" Brother, I am as old as your father or perhaps your 
grandfather. Do you think it proper to revile an old 
man this way? If so, then all right. You have called 
me an ass once, but I will say that I have behaved like 
an ass hundreds of times : I have sinned many times 
against my dear God. But the one who has restored 
and saved me, Jesus Christ — his name I go proclaiming 
to everyone. T would only beg of you that you read 
his story in the Bible." 

His gentle words had no impression on the boy, who 
thought to finish him with a bluff : " O-ho-ho, I've 
read your Bible from start to finish, and what are you 
trying to make of the rubbish?" 

The evangelist replied : " I have been studying the 
Book for thirty-three years, and find more and more in 
it. Well, then, tell me this : What did Jesus say to 
the woman of Samaria?" 

The boy of course had never read it, and his wit 
failed to save him from the trap. He and his Moslem 
friends made up for it by making a big uproar, then 
went on, feeling fine in their victory. 

But at home Imam found he could not forget the 
incident, and in fact he could not sleep. What patience 
and kindness that man had shown! How did he get 
that way ? After all, what did he ask but that the story 
be read? And what harm in that? And then he 

would berate himself for his weakness in having such 
thoughts. He would drive them away, but they al- 
ways returned. At length he decided to have a look 
anyway, and he could take it or leave it. 

So he bought a Bible, and began to read a gospel, 
but took good heed to keep the Book hidden. His bat- 
tle continued, and he was torn between admiration for 
the simple profound teaching of Christ, and the im- 
pulse to destroy the Book and be at peace. He knew if 
mother should find out what was happening to her 
son, it would cause her infinite pain. Nevertheless he 
found himself gradually and inevitably attracted to 
Christ. After two years he had a vision, a sense of 
ineffable light. He knew it was Christ, for he spoke to 
him, saying, " I have been calling and teaching you all 
this time, yet you keep making your heart harder !" 
This vision remained in his conscience, a source of 
deepest joy, and at the same time of deepest pain. 
Time would fail to tell the things he learned and 
thought and felt. He tried hard to escape, but only 
brought more firmly upon himself the assurance that 
he must face the issue and make a decision, and that 
not in secret. 

At length he broke the news to his mother, as gently 
as he knew, with desperate pleading, and mingled with 
protestation of his unalterable love and devotion to 
her. But her heart was one hundred per cent for the 
religion of her fathers. When she came to realize 
the meaning of this she was prostrated with grief. 
After a few days it became evident that this was no 
superficial shock, but a well-nigh mortal wound. Her 
health failed. The older son of course was furious, 
and he left nothing unsaid — but out of earshot of the 

The plight in which poor Imam was left by this was 
one of indescribable misery. What a fool he had 
been ! At length he decided that cost what it might, he 
would please his mother, and he told her his determina- 
tion to abondon Christ. She revived noticeably. But 
he found that he had only plunged himself deeper into 
the misery of hell. Satan urged him to drown him- 
self. Yet he managed to retain sufficient intelligence 
to see that this was no satisfactory solution. He had 
denied the Christ who, he knew, was inevitably his 
Master, for he was still calling him. He was in touch 
with some Christian friends now, and they taught him 
more about the step of faith and the power of prayer. 
Was not Christ able to win a stubborn mother also? 

At last Imam knew there was no other solution but 
to accept Christ openly. So he took his baptism, this 
in 1879. This done, his soul was filled with the peace 
of God, and he testified to every one the name of his 
Savior, as the aged missionary had done. For fifty 
years he gave his life in the service of Christ, and has 
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go. The mother did indeed not become Christian her- 
self, yet the wound in her heart was healed, and she 
lived happily for some years with her son, in his Chris- 
tian home. There the light of that vision still contin- 
ues with Imam, now an old man and unable to see the 
physical light. He is ready now to see his Savior face 
to face. 

Bulsar, India. 

Marthabai and 
her daughter 

What Christ Has Meant to a Christian Widow 


(At a Christmas program in the Anklesvar church Marthabai gave 
a message in which she told something of what Christ has meant to her 
as a widow. At our request she later wrote her testimony. The fol- 
lowing is a translation from the Gujerati of her personal message.) 

I am unworthy to give this short testimony but con- 
scious of my responsibility as a Christian I write this. 

Christmas is to me life. Yes, I speak truly when I 
say it is my inheritance and my possession. For did 
not Christ come to give good news to the poor and to 
bind up the brokenhearted? Yes, he came to bind up 
the brokenhearted, to given joy to the sad, and to 
bring news of release to prisoners bound by law. Truly, 
he came to give to mourners " a garland for ashes, the 
oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the 
spirit of heaviness." 

Into my life came sadness. I was among those 
whom the Hindus regard as sinful and blameworthy. 
How pitiable is the condition of such when they have 
no source of peace to which they can go ! But blessed 
be the name of him who " so loved the world that he 
gave his only begotten Son that whosoever shall believe 
on him may have eternal life." My barren life has 
been enriched by this priceless gift of his love. If I 
were not among those who have believed on him then 
today I would be numbered among those unhappy, un- 
fortunate ones, the Hindu widows. Truly have I been 
favored for Jesus drew me with the cords of love into 
his blessed fellowship and gave me the right to become 
his own child that I might learn to know of his excel- 
lent greatness. 

Look at two pictures if you will. There in the cor- 
ner with her face hidden sits a Hindu widow weeping, 
her heart filled with hopelessness and despair. 

Here am I, a Christian widow, and although I am in 
sorrow my heart is filled with joy and hope. 

My Hindu sister is drowned in the pain of merci- 
less laws while I am called into mercy and am victor 
over the assaults of sorrow. She is despised but I am 

See my sister who is dressed in the drab, ugly gar- 
ments presecribed for the Hindu widow. Her counte- 
nance might well arouse pity in the hardest heart. 
Contrast her condition with that of a Christian widow 

who has received 
a vision of a new 
life and who has 
received that 
new life within. 

A thousand 
praises to the 
Precious One 
who has wrought 
such a marvelous 
work! "Death is 

swallowed up in life." Can this world then become full 
of joy ? Yes, I believe it can and indeed has become full 
of happiness for many. Does this mean that pain and 
sorrow have disappeared from their lives? No, but 
the sadness and suffering are transient. One most ex- 
cellent sends floods of blessings continually into their 

The voice of God whispers within my heart and tells 
me that fear and evil shall not abide. His comforting 
promise is mine. " I will never leave thee nor forsake 
thee." " When thou passest through the waters, I will 
be with thee ; and through the rivers they shall not over- 
flow thee. When thou walkest through the fire thou 
shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon 
thee. . . . Fear not for I am with thee." 

What difficulty can there be to those who thus abide 
under the shadow of the Almighty? Our mortal 
bodies are subject to pain and to endure suffering is 
necessary. But even afflictions need not be met alone. 
He is present to help bear every load of pain. I have 
seen many Christmas days but I now have a new ex- 
perience. Now I regard Christmas as a truly wonder- 
ful day. I am separated from my husband today. 
Wherefore then do I have great joy? According to 
the Hindu idea if I, a widow, can find any happiness in 
life I am doubly worthy to be despised. Nevertheless, 
Christmas, and with it all other days, have become 
filled with a wonderful gladness. I can not adequate- 
ly bear my testimony in words, but of this I am cer- 
tain, that I can bear witness to the power of my Lord 
in thought, in feeling, in my secret acts, and in my 
ideals. This has been my experience during the last 
few years. 

I am ready to accept both joy and sorrow from 

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his hand, for in doing this I find true happiness. He 
gives comfort, peace, and strength to me. I do not 
care to tell my sorrows as do other women, for the 
comfort I need no human being can give. The com- 

/Ven> church at Ahxva, Dangs 

Top: carrying offerings to the church; center: prayer before 
entering the nerv church; bottom: procession marching 
around the nerv church. Contrast these pictures rvilh that 
of ihe Animisi shrine on page 5. Here people are crowding 
into a neve church for in Christianity they have found that 
which is vital for life. But ihe Animist shrine shows evi- 
dence of neglect. And this is the more reason rvhy India 
needs Christ 

fort man can give is only for a little while. The com- 
fort which comes from above is perfect and eternal. I 
can only do this for my Lord in return : 

"With smiles of peace and looks of love 
Light in our dwelling I may make. 
Bid kind good humor brighten there, 
And still do all for Jesus' sake." 

I am confident that he who is the resurrection and 
the life is able to make alive those who have fallen 
asleep in him. I pass the days here in the hope and 
confidence that my loved one and I will see each other 
in the spirit and will together praise God. 

Truly those who die are powerless to help their 
loved ones. They earnestly desire to give their all but 
they can do nothing. When I saw and experienced 
this so deeply I turned in perfect trust to God. The 
omnipotent, eternal Ruler of the universe says : "Come 
unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I 
will give you rest." Why should not anyone with a 
sorrow like mine turn to him whose " yoke is easy and 
whose burden is light " ? I chose him, nevertheless I 
must take the yoke and though it sometimes seems 
heavy I have the hope that even this will be taken 
away. He has prepared a blessed dwelling place for 
his suffering children where sorrow, pain, and weeping 
will never come again. Every tear shall be wiped 

Whom can we not bring to the door of eternal life 
with the good news of the birth of such a Universal 
Shepherd ! The merciful Father took Christ again to 
heaven that he might establish life, peace, and assur- 
ance of salvation for his people. I cease not to make 
offerings of praise and thanksgiving to him. May they 
be honored in his holy service ! 

What Does Hinduism Do for a Widow? 


" Lalitaben, I am so sorry to hear of the death of 
your husband. You and I must have committed some 
great sin in a previous birth and God has punished us 
in this way," said a Hindu widow to a Christian. 

" Lalitaben answered, " No, sister, we do not believe 
that the death of a husband is the result of the wife's 
sin in a previous birth. There are many reasons why 
people die, but that is not one of them." 

" Oh," replied her friend. " we have no such com- 
fort in Hinduism. Our widows are despised. We are 
not supposed to go outside in the morning lest people 
see us. Hindus believe that if they look upon the face 
of a widow in the morning, even accidently. then their 
day will be spoiled and they will not have success in 
their work. We can not have any part in the joyful 
occasions of the family. Even at the time of a wed- 
ding we must stay in the house and hide our faces." 


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*' How fortunate I am,'' said Lalitaben. " Chris- 
tians have no such ideas." 

" Won't you have to have your head shaved, either?" 
questioned the Hindu. 

" No, indeed, I will not." 

" Truly, you are fortunate," was the answer. " My, 
what undesirable ceremonies must be observed when a 
Hindu husband dies. When my husband died the 
women came and dressed me in my wedding sadi (the 
long cloth worn by the Hindu women ; it is pronounced 
sardee). We all followed my husband's body as it 
was taken to the burning ghat. Of course you know 
that we were weeping and beating our breasts most of 
the time. Afterward the women took me to the water 
and gave me a ceremonial bath of purification and 
changed my clothes. Then for ten days I had to re- 
main inside the house. On the tenth day a certain 
ceremony was performed, the women again dressed me 
in my wedding sadi and then the barber came to shave 
my head. How I hated all this, but I could do nothing 
except submit. Nowadays in some families they do 
not shave the whole head but cut off a little lock of 
the hair and keep the rest. But of course the people 
who do this are not regarded as religious persons. 
When the barber had finished his work we again went 
to the water where I was given another bath of puri- 
fication. My wedding sadi was given to the barber and 
I put on ordinary clothes. However, I could not con- 
tinue to dress like other people. After some days my 
parents called me to their home and gave me a black 
sadi like the one I have on now. This is the widow's 
garment. Since then I have never been permitted to 
wear any jewels or beautiful clothes. Sometimes old- 
er widows are given red sadis. But whichever color it 
is ,the widow's special garment must be worn until 
death. Our condition is terrible. We are cruelly 
treated and people regard us as wicked creatures. But 
what can we do? We can only endure it all for it is 
our fate. There is no escape from our sufferings." 
After she had given this picture of her condition the 
Hindu widow turned sorrowfully away. 

" How thankful I am that I am a Christian," thought 
Lalitaben as she, too started homeward. 

An Indian Child Widow 

Note: We are indebted to Margaret Denning, a missionary, for the 
story of Gungi, a Brahmin child, whom she knew personally. The 
poem is from Mosaics of India. 

When a child of five years, Gungi was betrothed to 
a middle-aged man' whom she had never seen. Two 
years later the man died and the little girl of seven 
soon learned what it means to be a Hindu widow. She 
was half-starved and cruelly treated by the husband's 
relatives. " How wicked she must have been in a 
former life," they would say. "Who knows? She 

may have been a snake, and now her sins have killed 
her husband." 

Four long years full of suffering went by and then 
Gungi was rescued and taken into a Christian home. 
There she lived happily. After she had been in the 
Christian home for about a year she wrote a poem in 
which she described her lot as a Hindu widow in the 
home of her husband's family. The poem has been 
translated as literally as possible. If you were a widow 
would you consider the Hindu religion good enough 
for you ? 

Song of the Hindu Widow 

"Come, oh, come, God, my only Friend, 
My heart is heavy within me; 
None to my sorrow an ear will lend, 
I am a widow! Oh, set me free! 

"Life's path I've trod but a little way, 
But my load is too heavy to bear; 
The light of gladness has fled away, 
And wet with tears the garments I wear. 

"I'm a little child yet none will save. 
When five years old betrothed to age, 
To age with one foot touching the grave, 
Yet when he dies the family rage. 

"The family storm and curse and swear 
The little wife has caused his death! 
How shall I tell how widows fare? 

Oh, God, I have not power nor breath. 

"Sold into bondage, a helpless slave! 
One hundred rupees! the paltry sum 

My parents took, the old man 
And I was his, whate'er might 
come ! 

"And oh! the sorrows when he 
The blows and words as hard 
as blows, 
E'n red-hot iron their hands ap- 
plied ; 
The scars my injured body 

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"If we commit through youth or fear. 
The smallest fault, we plead in vain; 
We know full well a storm is near 

And on our backs sticks fall like rain. 

"And bad words thunder in our ears. 
My feet the widow's way 
Had found when only seven years 
Of my short life had passed away. 

"When but seven, from my head 

They shaved the soft, dark locks of hair. 
They counted me as with the dead; 
The dead! I wish that I were there. 

"Yes, with the dead I long to be. 

There, surely, I'll find rest and peace. 
Come, oh, my God and set me free; 
In death's cold arms give me release." 

The Hindu's Weariness 

Weary are we of empty creeds, 
Of deafening calls to fruitless deeds; 
Weary of priests who can not pray, 
Of guides who show no man the way; 

Weary of rites wise men condemn, 
Of worship linked with lust and shame; 
Weary of custom, blind, enthroned, 
Of conscience trampled, God disowned. 

Weary of men in sections cleft, 
Hindu life of love bereft; 
Woman debased, no more a queen, 
Nor knowledge what she once hath been; 

Weary of babbling about birth, 
And of the mockery men call mirth; 
Weary of life not understood, 
A babel, not a brotherhood; 

Weary of Kali Yuga* years. 
Freighted with chaos, darkness, fears — 
Life is an ill, the sea of births is wide, 
And we are weary; who will be our guide? 
— From an Indian Newspaper. 

•According to the Hindu belief the "Kali Yuga" is the fourth age 

of the world, the age of universal degeneracy. It is the one we are 

now in. 

• ♦ » 

What to Pray For 


Week of January jo to February 6 

Pray that every elder and pastor ordained of God to 
minister in spiritual things may have a vision of the 
new Jerusalem and have what can be secured through 
the grace of God. * 

Pray that life around every congregation may be en- 
listed in personal service and in sacrificial stewardship. 

Pray that the missionary outreach of the church may 
be effective and that Christ's name may encircle the 

Pray that through the ministry of the elders and pas- 
tors they may help to bring thousands and millions of 
lives under the sway of Christ to know him, love him, 
and obey him. 

Pray that the Achievement Offering may be spon- 
sored ably by the ministers so that our church may pour 
out funds enough that we can have a victorious mission- 
ary program. 

Elgin, III. 

Monthly Financial Statement 

During the month of December contributions for the Con- 
ference Budget and all general Boards and agencies in- 
cluded in the budget totalled $27,167.34. The total received 
for the year beginning March 1, 1936 was $136,057.53, detail 
as follows : 

Receipts for Total receipts 
December since 3-1-36 

World Wide Missions $6,874.63 $22,904.45 

Student Fellowship Fund 71.57 531.96 

Women's Work Project 1,283.37 6,462.66 

Home Missions 4,753.53 5,884.06 

Foreign Missions 1,041.14 3.532.32 

Junior League Project 677.54 1,413.80 

Home Missions Share Plan 25.00 25.00 

Intermediate Project 17.08 94.15 

India Mission 312.99 1,250.70 

India Native Worker 35.00 158.62 

India Boarding School 32.48 333.96 

India Share Plan 190.75 1,429.68 

India Missionary Supports 2,594.83 12,414.89 

China Mission 230.77 965.74 

China Native Worker 175.00 254.55 

China Boys' School 5.00 12.50 

China Girls' School 5.00 54.83 

China Share Plan 66.25 384.75 

China Missionary Supports 1,558.81 8,079.86 

South China Mission 75.00 

Sweden Missionary Supports 366.14 

Africa Missionary Supports 536.88 6.950.75 

Africa Mission 2,070.23 5,357.60 

Africa Share Plan 61.25 497.61 

Ministerial and Missionary Relief Donations 100.00 

Africa Leper 79.94 202.94 

Conference Budget Undesignated 3.717.97 46,639.87 

Conference Budget Designated for — 

Board of Christian Education 112.28 3,145.99 

Bethany Biblical Seminary (at Elgin) .... 201.77 3,076.79 

Bethany Biblical Seminary (at Chicago).. 279.20 2.016.64 

General Educational Board 82.36 

General Ministerial Board 47.08 47.08 

American Bible Society 22.00 

Conference Budget Share Plan 100.00 364.35 

Youth Serves 10.00 923.93 

Total Budget items $27,167.34 $136,1 7 

Non-Budget items — 

China Famine Relief 18.20 

General Flood Relief 193.05, 

Special Peace Fund 490.06 

$27,657.40 $140,151.57 

The following shows the condition of General Mission 
Board foreign and home mission finances on December 31, 

Income since March 1, 1936 $119.1°2.7C 

Income same period last year ,: 

Expense since March 1, 1936 136.731. 62 

Expense same period last year 136.509.12 

Mission deficit December 31, 1936 27.070.10 

Mission deficit November 30, 1936 23.01S S-s 

Increase in deficit during December, 1936 4,051. 36 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1937 


Calendar for Sunday, January 31 

The Sunday-school Lesson Topics listed are those of the Inter- 
national Uniform Lessons, copyrighted by the International Council 
of Religious Education, and used by permission. 

Sunday-school Lesson, The Financial Cost of Alcoholic 
Beverages.— Prov. 21 : 17 ; 23 : 20, 21 ; Matt. 24 : 45-51 ; John 
6 : 26, 27, 35. 

Christian Workers, Missions and World Peace. 

B. Y. P. D., The Mission of the Church. 

Intermediate, Other Bridge Builders for Africa. 

Gains for the Kingdom 

Two baptisms in Detroit church, Mich. 

Three baptisms in Santa Ana church, Calif. 

Three baptisms in Cedar Creek church, Ind. 

Three baptisms in Martinsburg Memorial church, Pa. 

Eight baptisms in Everett church, Pa., Bro. Detwiler, 

Four received into Bethel church, North Mill Creek con- 
gregation, W. Va. 

Sixteen baptisms in Meyersdale church, Pa., Bro. Det- 
weiler, pastor-evangelist. 

Five baptisms in Logansport church, Ind., Bro. L. L. Paul 
of Mooreland, Ind., evangelist. 

Thirty-four added to the Walnut Grove church, Pa., Bro. 
J. A. Robinson, pastor-evangelist. 

Eight baptisms in Bethel church, W. Va., Bro. Jonas 
Sines of Oakland, Md., evangelist. 

Eight baptisms in Silver Creek church, Ohio, Bro. J. O. 
Winger of North Manchester, Ind., evangelist. 

Five added to the New Hope church, Tenn., Brethren I. 
N. H. Beahm and A. M. Laughrun, evangelists. ' 

Three baptisms in Tire Hill church, Pa., Bro. H. Q. 
Rhodes of Somerset, Pa., evangelist; two more since. 

Four accepted Christ in Middle Creek house, West Cone- 
stoga congregation, Pa., Bro. David Snader of Akron, Pa., 

Five received into Brake church, North Mill Creek con- 
gregation^ W. Va., Bro. P. I. Garber of Petersburg, W. Va., 

Five baptized and one received on former baptism in Mt. 
Morris church, 111., Bro. J. O. Winger of North Manches- 
ter, Ind., evangelist. 

Four baptized and one received on former baptism in 
Maple Grove church, Kans., Bro. W. W. Riddlebarger of 
Wichita, Kans., evangelist. 

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ 

Our Evangelists 

Will you share the burden which these laborers carry? Will you pray 
for the success of these meetings? 

Bro. H. K. Ober of Elizabethtown, Pa., Feb. 8 in Canton 
City church, Ohio. 

Bro. Ralph G. Rarick of Mexico, Ind., March 14-28 in 
Onekama church, Mich. 

Bro. Michael Kurtz of Richland, Pa., April 18 in Lexing- 
ton house, West Conestoga congregation, Pa. 

Bro. Niels Esbensen of Freeport, 111., Feb. 7 in the Mod- 
esto church, Calif., Feb. 23 to March 7 in Lindsay church, 

Personal Mention 

Bro. D. H. Keller of Battle Creek, Mich., is reported as 
recovering nicely from his long illness. He is now serving 
the Yorkville community church. 

Bro. Irl Newham, director of Men's Work in Northern 
Missouri and Sunday-school superintendent in the Rock- 
ingham congregation, passed away Jan. 15, a victim of the 
scarlet fever-pneumonia scourge. His going is a serious 
loss to both the local and district work. 

Sister Rosa M. Bennett, an occasional Messenger con- 
tributor, says with reference to a recent communication: 
" It found me flat on my back at Akron City hospital fol- 
lowing a major operation. Thanks to the prayers of friends 
and a very skillful surgeon, I am doing very well." 

Bro. Joel N. Myers of York, Pa., kept a record of bap- 
tisms and deaths reported in the Messenger during 1936. 
His count of the baptisms was 5,356, and of the deaths 1,224. 
The latter ranged in age from infancy to 101 years. He 
found two who had gone one year, or a little more, into the 
second century. 

Bro. Virgil C. Finnell is scheduled to be at McPherson, 
Kans., March 19 in connection with the State Inter-Col- 
legiate Anti-Tobacco oratorical contest and will be glad 
to visit as many Kansas, Missouri and Iowa churches and 
schools as may desire addresses on liquor, tobacco and re- 
lated problems. Interested parties should address him at 
North Manchester, Ind. 

To three China Missionaries the Messenger extends 
thanks for copies of general letters to friends in the home- 
land. The missionaries are Brother and Sister Minor M. 
Myers and Sister Mary Schaeffer. The letters convey the 
greetings of the holiday season and summarize experiences 
of the year. If plans do not miscarry Brother and Sister 
Myers will be turning their faces toward America for their 
next furlough in about six months. 

Bro. A. D. Helser's " We are off to Africa " did not reach 
us in time to find a place in the already overflowing col- 
umns of this issue but there was a postscript to it which 
you should have at once. We insert it here : " Letters 
mailed on or before Feb. 4 will reach us at North Manches- 
ter, Ind. Letters on or before Feb. 6 should be sent to our 
boat address, care of S. S. Queen Mary, Pier 90, North 
River, New York, N. Y., sailing Feb. 10. After Feb. 6 our 
address will be Kano, Nigeria, West Africa." 

Annual India Number 

Editorial — 

Daily Devotions (C. N. E.) 2 

Kingdom Gleanings 16, 17 

The General Forum — 

Are the Indian Religions Adequate? By Lillian Grisso 3 

An Untouchable Finds God. By Lavjibhai P. Macwan 4 

The Gods of Our Neighbors. By J. M. Blough 5 

From Animism to Christ. By Nathubhai Bhanabhai 6 

I Seek Whom I Know Not (Verse) 7 

From Hinduism to Christianity. By N. L. Harshe 8 

God's Bonfires (Verse). By Hanna Wildegose 9 

India's Eternal Quest. By Harlan J. Brooks 9 

A Khoja's Experience With Christ. By Baxter M. Mow 10 

What Christ Has Meant to a Christian Widow. By Marthabai 

Mohanlal 12 

What Does Hinduism Do for a Widow? By Govindji K. Satvedi 13 

An Indian Child Widow 14 

The Hindu's Weariness (Verse) IS 

What to Pray For. By H. Spenser Minnich IS 

Monthly Financial Statement 15 

The Church at Work- 
Suggestions for Easter Program Materials; Living Courageously; 
Lent— How Shall We Observe It? Chimneys; The World's Day of 
Prayer; Are You Saving Your Ideas? Missions and Youth 18-20 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1937 


Bro. A. C. Miller, 379 N. York St., Pottstown, Pa., wishes 
to get in touch with evangelistic committees of several 
churches in the Conference section which are interested in 
an evangelistic meeting at that time. 

Bro. Stanley B. Keim of Nampa, Idaho, where the next 
Conference is to be held, writes us that Bro. Edgar Roth- 
rock is holding meetings there with foot-deep snow and 
near-zero temperature. But " the men are using their cars 
to bring people out." 

Bro. E. F. Sherfy, after ten years of pastoral service in 
Virginia, has returned to the west. His address is changed 
from Stuart's Draft, Va., to Norborne, Mo. He has taken 
up the joint pastorate of the Wakenda and Rockingham 
churches, preaching each Sunday at 10:00 A. M. at Waken- 
da and at 11 : 30 at Rockingham. He says: "We are plan- 
ning for 75 per cent of families of both churches for Mes- 
senger again this year." Please notice that " again." 

Bro. H. Spenser Minnich, secretary of the Conference 
Program Committee, met with the Committee of Arrange- 
ments for the Nampa Conference at Nampa, Idaho, last 
week. Bro. Edgar Rothrock of Southern California, who 
will be Conference Director, was also present representing 
program interests. The time for the 1937 Conference was 
fixed for the week beginning Wednesday, June 16. Bro. 
Minnich will have more to say about this subject in our 
columns soon. 

Bro. Clifford Johnson of Cincinnati, Ohio, has good rea- 
son to remember that Jan. 29 is the birthday of our de- 
parted Bro. R. N. Leatherman. When Bro. Leatherman 
was pastor at Cincinnati he befriended Bro. Johnson in a 
time of special need, and the latter always remembered 
him on his recurring birthdays. Now that he can no 
longer do this in physical person, he wishes on this anni- 
versary to bear public testimony to his great appreciation 
of the character and kindness of his pastor. He calls him- 
self "one of the many whose path was made brighter be- 
cause he (Bro. L.) passed their way." 
♦ ♦ ♦ * 
Miscellaneous Items 

Dr. William Pierson Merrill will speak on Christianity In 
Our World Today over WJZ and the blue network of the 
National Broadcasting Company, Sunday, Jan. 31, 4:00 P. 
M. (E. S. T.). This is the program known as National 

The Test of Love and Faith 

Love and faith must have implements through which to 
find expression. Our implements are : missions ; our sem- 
inary to train workers ; our church boards to direct the work 
of missions, Christian education, the ministry and colleges. 

Through their gifts in support of the general church pro- 
gram the members of our churches prove their love and 
faith. February 1 4 is the date for the Annual Achievement 
Offering. Missionary giving is slightly on the upgrade, but 
we are still short of the program outlined by Annual Con- 

How far will you give reality to love and faith? Will 
you pray earnestly? Will you give money? A day's 
wage? The eggs for the first week in February? One dol- 
lar will support the whole program two minutes. For how 
many minutes will you carry the load? By your devotion 
you can bear witness of Christ's life and message at the 
crossroads as well as the backward places of the world. 
Elgin, Illinois 

Juniata College choir broadcasts besides the one from 
Baltimore mentioned last week, are: WORK, York, Pa., 
Monday, Feb. 1, 3:15 P. M.; WFMD, Frederick, Md., Fri- 
day, Feb. 5, about 4:30 P. M. 

Doran's Ministers' Manual for 1937 is on the Gish list at 
85c per copy. Because the committee can not place it on 
the list at the regular reduction heretofore possible, the 
book will be sent only when ordered. 

AH queries, reports, etc., for the District Meeting of Mid- 
dle Pennsylvania to be held at the Spring Run church, 
April 13 to 15, should be in the hands of the Writing Clerk, 
Foster B. Statler, Huntingdon, Pa., by March 1. 

"The Messenger agent reported sufficient subscriptions for 
The Gospel Messenger to receive the club rate of $1.25." 
So says the quarterly bulletin of the Rummel church of 
western Pennsylvania, Bro. Galen R. Blough, pastor. 

McPherson College debating teams have made a unique 
record in the past seventeen years, having won first or sec- 
ond place fifteen times in the Kansas College Debate 
League. We are sorry that as reported in the Messenger 
for Jan. 16, there was an extra one before the fifteen. The 
record was one never before equaled in the league even 
without benefit of our mistake! 

In a short but warm and cordial letter from Maryland, a 
sister who does not sign her name writes the following 
words of encouragement and appreciation : " Please find 
enclosed $6 for missions. I just finished reading the wom- 
en's number of the Messenger and I think it is fine. I 
have been reading our church paper since 1880 or 1881. I 
look forward to its coming each week and find in it lots 
of news from old friends." 

Much is being asked about the condition in and around 
the Cincinnati church. We have approximately thirty 
families whose homes are affected. In many instances all 
clothing and furniture have been destroyed. Our church 
is accommodating refugees. Water is coming in the base- 
ment tonight. We are co-operating with relief agencies. 
All such organizations are being overtaxed. Conditions are 
terrible beyond description. We are in need of clothing, 
bedding and non-perishable foods. Churches of Southern 
Ohio, stand by. — H. M. Coppock, pastor. (Received 9 A. 
M., Jan. 25.) 

Pacific Coast Regional Conference will be held at La 
Verne, Calif., Feb. 2-7. All day sessions except Sunday 
will be held in the college auditorium; evening sessions and 
most of the Sunday program in the La Verne Church of 
the Brethren. The New Era Banquet is scheduled for the 
evening of Feb. 4, with Dr. D. W. Kurtz giving the address. 
Sunday, Feb. 7, is Young People's Day for all the churches 
with a basket dinner at Fellowship Hall. Guest speakers 
for the conference are Dr. D. W. Kurtz, Dr. V. F. Schwalm 
and Dr. H. J. Harnly; also Lynn A. Blickenstaff of the In- 
dia missionary field. The theme of the conference is : Je- 
sus in the Life of the Community. 
.;. „♦. .;. .;. 

With Our Schools 
Juniata College 
More than forty poor children of Huntingdon were en- 
tertained at a Christinas party prior to the holiday recess 
by the Y. W. C. A. There was a brief program, and gifts 
were distributed. 

Federal aid under the National Youth Administration will 
be given to eighty Juniata students this year. Projects 
range from additional clerical help to scientific study of 
weather data covering the last forty years. Wages vary 
between thirty and fifty cents an hour. 
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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1937 



Suggestions for Easter Program Materials 

Plays and Dramas 

The Boy Who Discovered Easter, by Elizabeth McFad- 
den. 2 acts. 1 man, 2 women, a boy of 12. 40 minutes. 
Simple scene. An excellent Easter play. Royalty, $5. 35c 
per copy. 

Christ in the Life of the Church — the play presented at 
1935 Annual Conference by the Elizabethtown group. Can 
be given in larger groups only. 10c per copy. 

The Rock, by Mary P. Hamlin. 3 acts. \ x / 2 hours. 8 
men, 3 women. Simple setting. Simply plotted play on 
the life of Simon Peter, ending with Peter's remorse and 
change of character after the crucifixion. Royalty $10 only 
when admission is charged. 50c per copy. 

The Terrible Meek, by Charles Rann Kennedy. 1 act. 2 
men, 1 woman. 50 minutes. Mary, the mother of Jesus, 
spends the night in weeping at Golgotha after the crucifix- 
ion. Her sorrow tempers the hearts of the rough men who 
speak with her. For experienced groups. 35c per copy. 

The Unlighted Cross, by Dorothy Clarke Wilson. One 
act. 8 men, 7 women, and several " bit " parts. 1 hour. 
Enough copies for production must be purchased for per- 
mission to give the play. A powerful interpretation of the 
mission of the church to the present age. May be used at 
the Easter season. 35c per copy. 

Dust of the Road, by Kenneth Sawyer Goodman. One 
act. 3 men, 1 woman. 40 minutes. $10 royalty when ad- 
mission is charged ; $5 when there is no charge. A drama- 
tization of the old legend that Judas is allowed to return 
to earth once a year to plead with some soul tempted to be- 
tray friendship. It is written for Christmas, but may be 
adapted for Easter by changing a few lines. 50c per copy. 

He Came Seeing, by Mary P. Hamlin. One act. 3 men, 
2 women and neighbors, including a few children. 40 
minutes. One setting, simple interior of a house in Jeru- 
salem. A strong dramatization of the story of a blind man 
whom Jesus healed and who then had to choose between 
silence as imposed upon him by the Pharisees, and testimony 
in behalf of Jesus. Royalty, $5. 35c per copy. 

Barter, by Urban Nagle. 4 acts, 3 sets, 5 men, 6 women. 
2 hours. Royalty $15 per performance. This is a strongly 
dramatic Easter play concerning events during the twenty- 
four hours that precede the crucifixion. Beautiful and ef- 
fective, but fairly difficult. 75c per copy. 

He Lives, by Gertrude Rockwell Goudey. One act. 5 
men, 5 women. 30 minutes. Simple setting. Theme of the 
play centers about the life of the rich young ruler and 
presents a possible sequel to the single recorded incident. 
A dramatic story of the surrender of the young man to the 
Christ through the stirring events of the crucifixion and 
resurrection. An effective musical background is suggested. 
35c per copy. 

Devotional Helps 
Magazines and Booklets 

The Fellowship of Prayer — a booklet of personal devo- 
tions for the Lenten season. 3c each ; $2 per 100. For use 
Feb. 10-March 28 inclusive. 

The Upper Room — a magazine of Daily Devotions for 
Family and Individual Use. The quarterly issue for Janu- 
ary, February and March may be obtained for 5c. 

To-Day — a monthly devotional magazine. 75c a year. 
March issue, 10c per single copy. 5c for 10 or more to one 

Follow Me — a monthly devotional magazine especially for 
young people. 75c a year. March issue, 10c per single copy. 
5c for 10 or more to one address. 

A Way of Life, by Muriel Lester — an 8-page leaflet de- 
scribing the author's method of finding the Christ way of 
life. 5c. 

A Philosophy of Life That Works — Judd. 32 pages. 10c. 
Books (One copy of each of these is in the Brethren Loan 

Library. 10c for outgoing postage is required. Only one 

book will be sent to one person.) 

*Victorious Living, by E. Stanley Jones — $2. 

Living Courageously, by Kirby Page — $1. 

*The Meaning of Prayer, by Fosdick — $1.15. 

Ways of Praying, by Muriel Lester — 35c. 

The Hidden Years, by Oxenham — $3. 

Meditations on the Cross, by Kagawa — $1.50. 

The Return to Religion, by Henry C. Link — $1.75. 

Christ and Human Suffering, by Jones — $1.50. 

*ChalIenge and Power, by Barclay — $1. 

Discipleship, by Weatherhead — $1. 

* Books starred are broken into short sections for daily use. 

Everywhere we hear a plea for the enrichment of per- 
sonal religious living. The reading of good devotional books 
and magazines is only one way to enlarge experience in this 
realm. The above suggestive materials are listed with the 
thought that they can be used individually, in families and 
reading circle groups; or even entire congregations might 
use the same source materials during the pre-Easter time. 
This is an especially fitting time of the church year for the 
strengthening of our spiritual lives. 

Slide Lecture 

The Life of Christ in Masterpieces of Art is a set of forty- 
eight lantern slides with lecture manuscript. Most of the 
pictures are familiar favorites. The descriptions and ac- 
companying materials are simple and are intended to help 
one get the feeling of the artists and worship the Christ. 
The pictures cover several periods of Christ's life and min- 
istry, and are appropriate for use at Easter time. One set 
only, available for a limited number of churches during 
the pre-Easter season. Rental free, but user must pay 
transportation both ways. 

From time to time we hope to carry in this section addi- 
tional suggestions for Easter programs and activities. Tell 
your program committee about these articles if you are 
not directly responsible for Easter program materials. Any 
or all of the above materials may be ordered from the 
Board of Christian Education, 22 South State St., Elgin, 111. 


Living Courageously 

Sunday, February 7 

Luke 9 : 51 

I. Introduction: February Suggests Courage. 

1. The weather demands it. The length of the month 
suggests it. 

2. The birthdays of our greatest Americans remind us. 

II. Jesus: The Most Courageous Man the World Knows. 

1. It took courage for Jesus as a young man to proclaim 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1937 


his life purpose in his home town, Nazareth (Luke 4: 16-21). 

2. It took courage to drive the thieving money-changers 
from the temple. They were the established religious lead- 
ers of his day (Matt. 21 : 12, 13). 

3. It took courage to steadfastly set his face to go to Je- 
rusalem (Luke 9: 51). He knew there was trouble ahead 
(Luke 9: 22-24; 43-45). 

4. It took courage to forgive his enemies (Luke 23: 34). 

III. It Takes Courage to Be Christian Today. 

1. It takes courage to run an honest business free from 
gambling, cheating, stealing, misrepresentation, unfair prac- 
tices, sharp bargaining. 

2. It takes courage to keep these temples (our bodies) 
clean morally and physically (1 Cor. 6: 19, 20). Present-day 
social standards are very low. How much courage does it 
take to say, " No, thank you, I don't drink. I don't smoke. 
I don't read trashy literature. I don't go to questionable 

3. It takes courage to keep spiritual values above material 
things (Matt. 6: 19-34). Average American family spends 
$200 a year for luxuries — some really harmful. 

4. It takes courage to bear fruit that abides (John 15: 16). 

Lent— How Shall We Observe It? 

Sunday, February 14 
I. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday which is forty days 
before Palm Sunday — this year Feb. 10. This time 
corresponds to the forty days that Jesus spent in wil- 
derness temptation. See Bible dictionary, church his- 
tory. It has long been observed by the church as a 
time for special consecration. 
II. A time to " come apart " with Jesus (Matt. 11 : 28; Matt. 
17: 1; Mark 6: 31). Jesus like ourselves lived in a 
busy, distracting world. A disciple needs time for 
quietness, prayer, communion, meditation. Lent may 
well be a time for special consecration, increased at- 
tendance at worship, revival or prayer services, family 

III. A time to "learn of me" (Matt. 11: 29). Lent may 
well be a time for intensive study of the religion, which 
we profess. A time to " See Jesus " as a man, Son of 
God, the Suffering Servant, the resurrected, living One. 
Lent is a good time for a class in training for church 
membership and the Christian life. A good time to 
emphasize family religion, and personal enrichment. 
Special school of religion in the local church. 

IV. A time to "take Jesus' yoke upon you" (Matt. 11: 29). 
A yoke suggests work with and for Christ. Live godly 
lives at home, in business, in leisure time. 

Personal evangelism (Luke 19: 1-10). 
Mass Evangelism (Act 2). 
Practicing Stewardship. 
Achievement Offering. 
" God so loved the world that he gave." 
V. Topic for discussion: Things our church should do 
from now until Easter. 



Mother and Daughter Groups or Home Builders, and also 
Aid Societies will be glad to know that a new six-page 
program is now ready for distribution. " Chimneys " pre- 
pared by Mrs. E. G. Hoff, director of Mothers and 
Daughters, is a pageant which shows the finest ideals found 

in Christian homes. The scenes are portrayed, accom- 
panied by music and poems. The theme of the program 
centers about the beautiful poem of Longfellow's which 
immortalized home fires. It is entitled "The Golden Mile 
Stone." Cast of characters: 11 persons along with the 
reader, pianist, soloist, or quartet. Time, 25 or 30 minutes. 
Price 5 cents. 

The World's Day of Prayer 

As in the past years, the women of the church will re- 
member the mission work in every land in prayer on the 
World's Day of Prayer, which is Feb. 14 of this year. The 
women will not forget to invite both the men and the young 
people to share this service of intercession with them. Or- 
der the programs and available material from the General 
Mission Board, Elgin, 111. Programs, 2 cents each; leaflets, 
free; posters, 5 cents each.— Anetta C. Mow. 


Are You Saving Your Ideas? 

During the next several months a series of articles deal- 
ing with some rather crucial aspects of our leadership prob- 
lem will appear in this column. Do you have a clipping 
system, and a scrapbook or a file for classifying your ma- 
terials? The pastor, Sunday-school superintendent, and 
any others who are administratively responsible for plan- 
ning for church and Sunday-school leadership must first 
build up their own resources and ideas about the leadership 

It will help greatly in following the new series of articles, 
if pastor, Sunday-school superintendent (and director of 
leadership training or leadership training committee, if you 
have one), each have the following new materials at hand: 
A Leadership Education Program for Your Church, 1936- 

37 (2-page free mimeographed leaflet). 
New Standard Leadership Curriculum, First and Second 

Series, free. 
Enlisting and Developing Church Workers, 10c. 
First Series Courses, Bulletin 501, 10c. 
Second Series Courses, Bulletin 502, 20c. 
Guide for Offering A-Level Units in Workers' Conferences, 

Manual for Deans Who Administer Second Series Courses, 

Self Rating Scale for Church Workers, 15c dozen copies. 


Missions and Youth 

IV. And Finally — Loyalty 

No great thing has ever been done except in a passion of 
consuming loyalty. Christ came that we might know the for- 
giveness of God. Was there ever greater accomplishment? 
There were many short cuts offered him. But he stead- 
fastly set his face to go to Jerusalem to die that we might 
be forgiven. It was his passionate loyalty to the will of 
God — the will of love. 

The New Testament tells us about two young men who 
came before Jesus, concerned about the deeper meaning of 
life. Both asked Jesus the same question : " What shall I 
do to secure eternal life?" (See Mark 10: 17; Luke 10: 
25). Both these young men agreed with Jesus that the dis- 
cipline of a good moral life was essential. They knew they 
had to be clean, honest, upright, but that was not enough 
to bring them to the real fullness of life. They still lacked 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1937 

something. That something, Jesus said, was an absorbing 
passion to follow him. They were to accept his program 
for changing the world. And that program was, " Love 
thy neighbor as thyself." And the neighbor was any needy 
or underprivileged person in the world. 

These two young men can very well represent the Chris- 
tian youth of today. One was the rich young ruler, the 
other was a young lawyer. Youth today is rich and edu- 
cated. Science has made us rich, fabulously rich, and no 
one can plead the sheer lack of education. The church is 
still committed to the program of Jesus. It looks forward 
to the day when all shall be subject to him in the kingdom 
of love. Its method is Jesus' method: "Love thy neighbor 
as thyself." And the neighbor is still the underprivileged of 
the world. The greatest of all privileges is to know of his 
grace and love that make God's forgiveness accessible to 
all. Those who do not know of this are the most under- 
privileged people of the world. Those who have never 
heard the gospel are our most needy neighbors. 

The conflict is on. Christ is calling for followers to bring 
all men into his kingdom. And this call offers life to you, 
young man, and to you, young woman. But the offer is on 
conditions. Life comes, Jesus says, when you have given 
all — wealth, position, everything — to the cause, because you 
have absolute confidence that his is the only way of vic- 
tory and you have such love and loyalty to your Leader that 
you could not possibly withhold anything from him. 

Military leaders are seeking to have enacted a law that 
will provide, in case of war, for the conscription of every- 
thing for the prosecution of that war. Industry, farms, all 
material wealth, all lives — everything is to be conscripted. 
This they claim is what all should do out of loyalty to 
country. During the last war, in a great outburst of loyalty 
to the nation, thousands gave their all : their wealth, their 
sons, themselves. Without that loyal dedication there could 
have been no war. But what bitterness when so many dis- 
covered that they had been duped — the glory of war is an 

The only way out, the way to find the real meaning of 
life, is to give all to the higher loyalty which is Christ. His 
is no false lead. His cause will triumph. The victories of 
love never turn to defeat. The mission work of the church 
offers to the youth this chance to express their higher loy- 
alty — to deliberately and enthusiastically choose the simple 
life, dedicating all wealth and position to the cause of the 
underprivileged because in that way and only in that way 
his kingdom will come. " This do, and thou shalt live." — H. 
Stover Kulp. 

With Our Schools 

(Continued From Page 17) 

George E. Sokolsky, eminent writer, lecturer and ob- 
server, spoke on Thursday evening, Jan. 21, on one of the 
most timely topics of the day, social security. 

Dr. Lester K. Ade, Superintendent of Public Instruction, 
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, spoke to the student body 
in chapel on Tuesday morning, Jan. 19. His subject was: 
"The Fine Art of Living Together." 

Two important educational meetings were attended by 
President Ellis during the week of January 11. He pre- 
sided over the annual meeting of the General Education 
Board, of which he is president, and attended the confer- 
ences of the Association of American Colleges, among the 
speakers for which were President Conant of Harvard, and 
President Mackaye of Princeton Theological Seminary. 
Both meetings were in Washington, D. C. 

The Juniata College Choir will leave on its southern tour 
on Sunday, Jan. 31. That night a concert will be given in 
the Waynesboro Church of the Brethren ; and on succes- 
sive nights of the same week the choir will appear in the 
following churches of our denomination : York, Westmin- 
ster, Baltimore (First church), Washington, and Frederick. 
On Sunday, Feb. 7, the group will sing at Broadfording in 
the morning and at Hagerstown in the evening. 



In 1933, at the District Conference of Western Canada, 
held in the Merrington church, Kindersley, Sask., Bro. I. C. 
Baker, the oldest elder in the district, proposed a new 
project — that we have a Bible school in Western Canada for 
the purpose of teaching and training our young people 
for leadership. It passed the conference and each dele- 
gate returned to his church fired with the new project. 

Just previous to this conference, Brother and Sister John 
Wieand had come to the district as pastors of the Bow 
Valley church and field superintendent for the district. In 
September, Brother and Sister Wieand were asked to take 
the leadership of the school for that year. They were as- 
sisted by Sister Esther Long Crawford, Irricana, Alberta. 

The first term was for six weeks' duration with an ex- 
rollment of nineteen. As a basis of credit for work re- 
ceived, all courses were chosen in view of receiving Stand- 
ard Leadership Training credits through the Canadian 
Council of Religious Education and also at Elgin. Then, 
too, Bethany Biblical Seminary agreed to accredit the 
courses of our school which merited such recognition for 
those who wished to continue their work further by at- 
tending Bethany. 

The second term, in 1934, was for four months. The 
school now had a board of administration elected at the 
conference of that year. This conference also decided that 
the district Bible school should be a permanent institution. 
The enrollment the second term was eight. The third term 
in 1935 was for three months, with an enrollment of four- 
teen. The instructors for the second term were the same 
as for the first one. The third term, Brother and Sister 
Wieand and Sister Grace Brubaker were instructors. 

In the summer of 1936, Brother and Sister Wieand left 
our district, yet we continued to work and pray that we 
might secure a teacher for our Bible school. Almost when 
we had given up, word came that Bethany Biblical Semi- 
nary recommended Bro. W. E. Buntain of Philadelphia, 
and that he would come to be our teacher and leader if we 
still planned to have our school. Bro. Buntain came. The 
school lasted for ten weeks. The enrollment was large — 
there being nine for the day classes and over fifty for the 
evening class. While most of those in the evening class 
were auditors, yet more than 75% of them kept notes on 
the work covered. The average attendance of this class 
was twenty-eight. 

Up to the beginning of the present school year, over 206 
leadership training credits had been earned and were is- 
sued by the Canadian Council. Three students have re- j 
ceived leadership training diplomas, one student has over 
twenty credits, four students from this school have gone to 
Bethany Biblical Seminary. One student at Bethany this 
year was granted a whole year's work at Bethany Train- 
ing School for her work done in our Bible school. Several 
others are contemplating further work at Bethany in the 
near future. 

Much credit for the growth and spirituality of our school 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1937 


is due to our teachers, Brother and Sister John Wieand and 
Bro. W. E. Buntain and their assistants. We are hoping 
that arrangements can be made whereby Bro. Buntain will 
return to our district in the spring. Plans are being laid 
for the school for the coming year. 

We need leaders, teachers, and workers in Western Can- 
ada, which is still a frontier field spiritually, and we have 
awakened to the fact that training must begin at home. 
Our fields are white unto the harvest, the young people 
have received the vision and are preparing themselves to 
go forth. We need the prayers and the help of the broth- 
erhood in the great task that is opening before us. Al- 
ready we know that God answers prayers, that his Holy 
Spirit is working with us and that we are unable to do 
anything except through Christ who strengtheneth us. 

Arrowwood, Alta., Canada. Mrs. S. M. Burger. 


Southern Ohio youth served through our "24-Hour Proj- 
ect " which turned into more than a thousand dollars. 
That's my story. 

In the picture, reader's left to right: Gerald Studebaker, Ivan Eiken- 
berry (chairman of project), Paul Kinsel (president Southern Ohio 
B. Y. P. D. cabinet). Merlin Cassell. 

It all began at our annual B. Y. P. D. Conference of 
1935. On Saturday afternoon the usual business session 
was going along in the usual tolerant manner when our 
president, Paul Kinsel, aroused us all by announcing that 
the young people of Southern Ohio would support the en- 
tire international budget of the Church of the Brethren dur- 
ing the next fifty minutes. 

Here was something so big that imaginations halted. 
Paul tried to clear it up by timing six seconds and by tell- 
ing us that for that period of six seconds, one five-cent 
piece had supported for the Church of the Brethren, home 
missions, India missions, Africa missions, summer camps, 
Brethren Peace Action, Chinese missions, Christian educa- 
tion, a temperance program, aged workers and ministers 
now retired and Bethany Biblical Seminary. It was just 
too big to catch a good vision of what we were doing — we 
had given twenty-five dollars which had been left in our 
cabinet treasury. 

Gradually we began to understand. Thirty dollars would 
have supported all of these during one entire hour. As Dr. 
Kurtz, our guest speaker, tried to clear the picture, the idea 
of definitely working towards support of a certain period of 
time, began to catch fire. The flame spread. Finally, we 
decided to support our church's program for an entire day — 
a period of twenty-four hours. 

Our "24-Hour Project" had begun! The first funds, 
$31.40, came from a special Sunday morning offering. 

This wasn't to be just another money raising scheme. We 
had a different aim. In fact we had three. The first, of 
course, was to reach our goal, but this one was not to de- 
tract from the others. A second was that our money 
should be raised by personal, sacrificial giving and should 
not be diverted from the regular channels of our customary 
offerings. A third, which was the most important, was 
that we should carry on an educational program that 
would make us better acquainted with our Church of the 

Rapidly a fiscal year moved while our " 24-Hour Project " 
seemed to gain momentum slowly. Support for a few 
minutes came from several churches. Greenville and West 
Dayton brightened the picture by each giving support for 
one entire hour, but we were soon pleasantly surprised by 
Eaton's one hour and forty-eight minutes — $54. It moved 
on. Many retained the original aim of personal, sacri- 
ficial giving, but some gave suppers, ice-cream socials, and 
rummage sales. 

When our December Bulletin — a mimeographed bi- 
monthly paper which was originated for the purpose of 
keeping local groups in touch with the "24-Hour Project" 
progress and cabinet activities in general — went to press, 
several hundred dollars were yet to be raised. Cabinet 
members made personal contacts with key workers, who 
had been chosen earlier in the year because they were very 
much interested and willing to work, in each of the church- 
es which had been assigned to them for direct contact. The 
cabinet president and the director of the " 24-Hour Proj- 
ect " made special contacts in person and by letter. We 
asked him for whom we had undertaken the project to 
show us the way to success. 

On Saturday, Jan. 2, we met for our B. Y. P. D. Confer- 
ence of 1936. At the business session this year we pre- 
sented our report by announcing the number of minutes 
each church had supported. We began with the lowest. 

Our total mounted slowly at first. When we began an- 
nouncing the nine churches which supported between one 
and two hours, widening smiles began to appear. Can you 
imagine how we felt! With a total, already, of 24 hours, 
8 minutes, 48 seconds, our announcer did not stop. 

To our suprise, he went on: "Eaton — 2 hours; Brook- 
ville— 2 hours, 3 minutes, 42 seconds ; Bear Creek — 2 hours, 
1C minutes, 30 seconds." Then the climax : " New Car- 
lisle — 2 hours, 15 minutes. A grand total of 34 hours, 20 
minutes, 13 seconds — $1,030.11." 

Our " 24- Hour Project" had been surpassed! 

Bro. A. D. Helser, a living symbol of the work which 
our funds were supporting, lighted a candle, which was to 
burn for 24 hours, and as its flame grew he introduced to 
us those whom we were helping and let us learn to know 
them better. 

That candle burned for 24 hours and on Sunday after- 
noon, just before Conference adjournment, our adult ad- 
viser, Mark Shellhaas, lighted, from the flame of the old, a 
new candle which symbolized our "30-Hour Project" for 
1937, which had been begun by a special offering of $60. 

From our "30-Hour Project" candle each young person 
lighted his own candle, thus signifying his intended sup- 
port of the project. Vision and eagerness came as four 
hundred of us stood, holding our flaming candles, a> \\ t 
sang our conference hymn. 

Southern Ohio youth serves through the "30-Hour Proj- 
ect"! Ivan Eikenberry. 

Dayton, Ohio. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1937 


At the regular quarterly council meeting held Sept. 22, 
our pastor, Bro. John D. Ellis, was granted a leave of ab- 
sence for a period of four months, from Feb. 1 to June 1, 
1937, for the purpose of making a tour of the world. He 
will sail from New York, Feb. 3, on the famous S. S. Ber- 
engaria. He will visit England, Holland, Denmark, Bel- 
gium. France, Palestine, Egypt, Arabia, India, Taj 
Mahal, Agra, Delhi, Calcutta, Penang, Singapore, Hong- 
kong, Great Wall of China, Peiping, Chosen (formerly 
called Korea) and Manchukuo, reaching Japan during the 
height of the cherry blossom season. From Japan he will 
sail on the S. S. President Coolidge to Honolulu and thence 
to San Francisco. From here he will return to New York 
in the S. S. Virginia via Panama Canal, Havana, Cuba. 
While in India he expects to visit our mission fields. He 
will be accompanied by the writer. 

During the fall month of October, Bro. Ellis arranged a 
number of unique evening services. It would be difficult 
to state which was the most outstanding service of the 
series. But to the writer, the memorial service was the 
outstanding one, due, perhaps, to the fact that the writer 
lost his companion some months before. The choir loft 
was banked with fall flowers. On an elevated platform was 
arranged the word " Alive " in large letters, perhaps three 
feet high, covered with flowers and electrically lighted. 
Underneath the word " Alive " was the word " Forever " 
also electrically lighted. The names of the departed were 
arranged in groups. After reading the names of the first 
group the letter " A " was lighted with white lights ; after 
reading the names of the second group the letter " E " was 
lighted with white lights ; thus after each group of names 
one of the remaining letters was lighted with blue lights 
until each letter in the word " Alive " was lighted. After 
reading the last group of names the word " Forever " was 
lighted in white. When the two words " Alive " and " For- 
ever " were illuminated it made a very effective as well as a 
beautiful setting for the memorial service. The subject of 
the discourse was " Dead, Yet Speaketh." The instal- 
lation service was illustrated and made very impressive by 
means of five electrically illuminated crosses. There were 
other special services during the fall months but space is 
too limited to discuss them. 

On Sunday, Dec. 20, the morning worship hour was given 
to the children to render their Christmas program written 
by the pastor. The program was in charge of Mrs. Blough, 
Mrs. Bloom, Miss Miller and Miss Bloom. The program 
in the evening was presented by the young people and by 
request it was repeated on Monday evening. On Sunday 
evening the church was crowded although the weather was 
very inclement. The play was a sacred Christmas drama — 
" Inseparable," written and directed by the pastor, Bro. 
Ellis. This was the third Christmas play written and di- 
rected by the pastor. The church was beautifully dec- 
orated with electrically lighted trees and wreaths. The 
lighting and decorations were in keeping with the various 
musical scenes, vocal and instrumental. 

The midweek services are in charge of the junior 
church, a group of young people organized several years 
ago by the pastor. There is an average attendance of 
about forty ranging in age from ten to eighteen. This is a 
very promising group of young people and will, without 
question, be the officers of the future church. 

A few years ago there was inaugurated in our Sunday 
school what we call " Assistants' Day." The third Sunday 
of each month the school is in charge of the assistant of- 

ficers and assistant teachers. On this Sunday the regular 
officers and teachers have the privilege of visiting other 
schools. By this method our school has a corps of officers 
and teachers ready for any emergency. 

For some time we have had a desire and felt the need of 
having a pipe organ installed. Through the efforts of the 
pastor, assisted by the official board of the church, a cam- 
paign to raise the money for the organ was launched about 
the middle of October and to close Dec. 2. This campaign 
brought in $24,000 in cash, not including a donation of $500 
for the chimes. The installation of the organ would neces- 
sarily necessitate some changes in the front part of the 
church. These changes, with the detoration of the interior 
of the church, will cost about $2,000. The campaign for 
this sum was launched the beginning of the present month, 
January, to close June 2. Of this sum of $2,000, $500 was 
donated for an art glass window. We expect to have the 
necessary funds to begin work as soon as Bro. Ellis returns 
from his world tour. Calvin Bowman. 

Johnstown, Pa. 


Time, New Year's Eve. Place, the life conference and 
ministerial meeting, District of Florida and Georgia, in the 
Seneca church near Eustis. The evening service closed 
with an impressive consecration service conducted by Bro. 
E. S. Coffman. 

Bro. Paul Bowman, Jr., led a recreation period around 
the campfire. Then the young people were told to follow 
two of their number who led them to the community pic- 
nic grounds at the Ira Miller home on Lake Seneca, the 
older people following in cars. There benches surrounded 
a campfire and another fire under a big iron kettle where 
fish were being prepared for frying. The moonlight 
through the trees and the glow of the fires over the 
festoons of Spanish moss produced a fairyland scene. 

Several songs were sung, closing with " I Am Thine, O 
Lord." Bro. Bowman gave a brief, inspiring talk about 
the beautiful colors in the fire, produced by the tree giving 
off the life it had absorbed from the earth, the rain and 
the sun ; how Christ had given his life for others and how 
his followers could give in beauty and helpfulness the life 
received from him. A candle was lighted at the fire to 
represent the Spirit of Christ and directions were given to 
follow single file the bearer of the candle, the minister, and 
a candidate for baptism, to Lake Seneca while singing, 
Where He Leads Me, I Will Follow. This winding line of 
people following the lighted candle in the moonlight across 
the road, through the garden to the lake, was very im- 
pressive, as was the baptismal scene just as the old year 

Some one read Have Thine Own Way, Lord, and all sang 
Taps : 

" Day is done, 
Gone the sun 

From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky. 
Sweetly rest, 
God is nigh." 

On the way home we passed one of the saloon-restau- 
rants introduced since repeal, where many cars were 
parked; and we thought how differently our young people 
had ended the old year and begun the new. We were 
thankful our church had provided the better way and 
wished every one could have been similiarly impressed and 
inspired to better living. Cora Price Bowen. 

Winter Park, Fla. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1937 



Eld. Frank Fisher, beloved member and minister of our Church of the 
Brethren, and widely known and highly respected citizen of Mexico 
and Miami County, Indiana, continues very much alive at the age of 

eighty years. He recently turned 
octogenarian, having been born 
Nov. 29, 1856. Nov. 29, this year, 
came on Sunday. So it was from 
all angles a very favorable time to 
celebrate the event, which was done 
in the arrangement of a birthday 
dinner and accompanying program 
at our Mexico Welfare Home. 
Here is where the Fishers served in 
the superintendency in the begin- 
ning of the institution, year 1889, and 
for about fifteen years subsequently. 
Counting the time then that Bro. 
Fisher was on the board of trus- 
tees and acted as business manager, 
it was for a quarter of a century 
that he served most acceptably the 
interests of the Home. 

Elder Fisher served one time as 
moderator of our Annual Confer- 
ence, when it was at Seattle, Wash. 
Also some years ago he was quite 
active in the work of our District of 
Middle Indiana. Locally, he continues to take his turn at preaching 
in our church at Mexico. 

The birthday celebration this recent Sunday was held immediately 
following the forenoon service of the revival in our Mexico church, 
conducted by Evangelist J. Edwin Jarboe. In all there were in at- 
tendance a few more than sixty. The guests were, in the main, made 
up of the official board (ministers and deacons) of the church, with 
their wives and some other of their families. Evangelist and Sister 
Jarboe, who are of Syracuse, were in the group, and with them their 
son William, of Lincoln, Neb. Present also was the evangelistic music 
director, Sister Neva Bourdon, of Nappanee; and two others were 
Elder and Sister George E. Swihart, of Roann. 

A large birthday cake occupied a central location on the banquet 
table, and it glowed with eighty candles. Gifts were present, includ- 
ing a large basket of beautiful and fragrant flowers. 

Music featured the program. And there were a number of talks, 
which were chiefly in appreciation of the beautiful Christian lives and 
service of "Uncle Frank and Aunt Lillie." It was an endeavor to 
give some of the deserved bouquets while they are yet living and able 
to benefit by them, more than to wait and then be able later to show 
only post-mortem kindness. It was all responded to impressively by 
Bro. Fisher, who gave the benediction. 

The celebration was in part also of the birthday this day of Mrs. 

Rarick, the matron of the Home, also of our wedding anniversary. 

When we were married nineteen years ago on Nov. 29, it was also 

Thanksgiving Day. 

Mexico, Ind. Ralph G. Rarick, 

Superintendent Mexico Welfare Home. 


Please note that the fifty cents required for the publication of a 
marriage notice may be applied to a three months' Gospel Mes- 
senger subscription for the newly-married couple. Request should 
be made when the notice is sent, and full address given. 

Alexson-Godfrey. — By the undersigned, in the Rockford Church of 
the Brethren, on Jan. 1, 1937, Merold Alexson and Evelyn Godfrey, 
both of Rockford, 111.— J. S. Flory, Rockford, 111. 

Finif rock- Johnson. — By the undersigned, at his home, Jan. 3, 1937, 
Bro. Earl Finifrock and Sister Lillian Johnson, both of Barnum, Minn. 
-O. E. Stern, Nemadji, Minn. 

Forrer-Zigler.— By the undersigned, at Bridgewater, Jan. 9, 1937, 
Bro. John Kenny Forrer of Stuarts Draft, Va., and Sister Grace Myers 
Zigler of Broadway, Va.— C. B. Smith, Bridgewater, Va. 

Houghton-Lindgren. — By the undersigned, Dec. 23, 1936, in the par- 
sonage at Ottumwa. Warden Houghton and Lucille Lindgren, both of 
Frederic, Iowa.— Chas. A. Albin, Ottumwa, Iowa. 

Kerr-Williams.— By the undersigned, Jan. 2, 1937, in the parsonage 
at Ottumwa, Homer Kerr of South English, Iowa, and Dorothy Wil- 
liams of Oilie, Iowa.— Chas. A. Albin, Ottumwa, Iowa. 

McMachan-BalL— By the undersigned, in their home, Oct. 17, 1936, 
Leonard McMachan and Sister Edna Ball, both of Eaton.— Wm. M. 
Deaton, Eaton, Ohio. 


Ahner, Sister Clara, born to Brother and Sister Henry Shock, Nov. 1, 
1863, near Huntington, Ind., and died at her home in Ft. Wayne, Ind.. 
Oct. 12, 1936. She became a member of the Church of the Brethren 
while in her teens; she was always active in church and Sunday school. 

Her first marriage was to Samuel Beverly, Nov. 1, 1882; he died in 
1894. She remained a widow until she married Bro. Jacob Ahner 
Sept. 25, 1934. She is survived by her husband. <>t.c brother, Warren 
Shock, pastor of the Flora church, Ind., and four sisters. Bro. Ahner 
was one of the first to sponsor the work in Ft. Wayne. Funeral serv- 
ices by the writer at the Shock church, assisted by Bro. Leo Miller 
and Rev. Loos. — I. B. Wike, Huntington, Ind. 

Baker, Mrs. Annie E., for many years a resident of the Cove, died 
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harry Burket of Piney Creek, near 
Martinsburg, Dec. 26, 1936. Death followed a long illness caused by 
cancer. She was born Feb. 22, 1851, on a farm between Mercersbarg 
and Upton, the daughter of Samuel G. and Elizabeth Hollinger. Dec. 
12, 1880, she married Henry S. Baker who preceded her. For the past 
twenty-three years she had made her home with her daughter. She 
was a member of the New Enterprise Church of the Brethren for many 
years and was much interested in the work of the church. Surviving 
are a son and daughter, eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchil- 
dren, two brothers and three sisters. Funeral services at the home 
by Bro. A. R. Coffman and in the Montgomery church with interment 
in the church cemetery. — Kathryn Lehman, Martinsburg, Pa. 

Becker, Sister Barbara, died Nov. 24, 1936, at her home near R' I 
burg, Pa., aged 76 years. She with her husband, Bro. Jeremiah B. 
Becker, labored for many years in the office of deacon. She is sur- 
vived by her husband, two daughters and one brother. Services at 
the Middle Creek house by I. D. Gibble, H. C. Ziegler and Geo. Sny- 
der, with burial in adjoining cemetery.— Elizabeth Meyer, Myerstown, 

Bish, Sister Louisa, widow of Bro. Ezra M. Bish, died Dec. 28, 1936, 
at the home of her great-niece in Westminster, Md. She was the 
daughter of the late Jehu and Margaret Troxell Royer and was 84 
years old. She was a regular attendant at Sunday school, church and 
Aid Society until about four weeks before her death. She was devoted 
to the church and followed with great interest the work of her niece, 
Mrs. I. E. Oberholtzer, in China. Funeral services at the home by Bro. 
A. Stauffer Curry and Bro. Geo. A. Early. Burial in Meadow Branch 
cemetery.— Mrs. H. Edgar Royer, Westminster, Md. 

Brower, Sister Nannie A., daughter of Eld. E. L. and Hannah Wine 
Brower, born May 5, 1860; died Jan. 5, 1937. Early in life she united 
with the Church of the Brethren and lived a faithful devoted Chris- 
tian life in the service of her Master. She was of a family of ten 
children, of whom only three survive. She was afflicted for some 
time, having been entirely blind. Through it all she was patient. Serv- 
ices in the Barren Ridge church by the writer with Bro. W. S. 
Coffman and C. G. Hesse assisting. Burial in the cemetery near by. 
— C. B. Smith, Bridgewater, Va. 

Cooper, Mrs. Edna, 58 years old. died at a hospital in Sterling, after 
an illness of three weeks. She was born April 18, 1878, at Leaven- 
worth, Kans., and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Smith 
McCurdy. When she was a small child her parents moved to Little 
Rock, Ark. She married Wm. Henry Cooper Aug. 3, 1896. Soon after 
their marriage they moved to Hillsdale, Wis., and four years later 
to Frederick, Okla. In 1913 they came to Colorado and took up a 
homestead in El Paso County near Colorado Springs. Mr. Cooper 
died Feb. 4, 1928. In 1934 she came to Merino to be near her chil- 
dren. Early in life she united with the Church of the Brethren and 
had been an active member. She is survived by eight children, seven 
grandchildren, four sisters and one brother. Funeral services at the 
church in Sterling by the pastor with burial in Riverside cemetery. — 
Chas. Dumond, Sterling, Colo. 

Cro-wl, Bro. Austin, and his wife, Sister Lois Crowl of Gapland, were 
killed when their car failed to make a sharp curve. They were re- 
turning from Baltimore where they had spent Christmas Day with 
Austin's mother. Lois Elizabeth Fouch, daughter of Bro. David B. 
Fouch, deceased, and Sister Laura E. Fouch, was born June 6, 1915. 
She united with the Church of the Brethren at Brownsville over 
eight years ago. She had unusual ability with little children. For 
the last four years she had given her services as teacher in the 
Vacation Bible School and also as beginners' teacher in the Sunday 
school for several years. She was an active worker in the B. V. 
P. D. She is survived by her mother, one sister and one brother. 
Austin Crowl was born Feb. 10, 1917. He united with the church last 
spring and had since been a loyal and regular attendant at all serv- 
ices. He and Lois were married last March. He is survived by his 
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Crowl, three brothers and three sisters. 
Funeral at the Brownsville church by Bro. Henry C. Eller, assi-:..l 
by Eld. J. S. Bowlus and Bro. E. C. Woodie. Interment in the ceme- 
tery adjoining the church.— Rose Nichols. Mis. Ira T.. Kaclzcl. Browns- 
ville, Md. 

Edris, Sister Elizabeth, died at the home of her daughter near Frys- 
town, Pa., aged 82 years. She was the widow of Henry Edris who 
preceded her about twelve years ago. She is survived by threi 
and one daughter. Services at the Frystown house by .1 . 1' Merkej 
and Geo. Snyder with burial in the adjoining cemetery.— Elizabeth 
Meyer, Myerstown, Pa. 

Fifer, Jacob Franklin, son of Jacob and Sarah Fifer, born in Rock- 
ingham County, Va., Sept. 26, 1861. and died Dec. 26, 1936. He canir 
to Missouri with his family in early youth and with the exception of 
a short time in Illinois, spent the rest of his life in Ray and Carroll 
counties. Mo. He married Anna (Earlyl Fifer Feb. 12. 1891; to this 
union were born twelve children, five of whom with the m thn 
survive. He united with the Church of the Brethren in early 
hood and served faithfully for many years in the office of deacon. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1937 

Funeral services by the writer, assisted by Eld. J. F. Vanpelt. Burial 
in Wakenda cemetery. — E. G. Rodabaugh, Norborne, Mo. 

Foss, \Vm. R., died at his home near Ashland, Ohio, Dec. 23, 1936, 
at'ter a few months of failing health. He was born in Ashland County, 
Ohio, Jan. 1, 1870. He was a grandson of Bro. Reuben Foss who died 
at the age of 94 years, and a son of Bro. David Foss who died at the 
age of 92. He married Susan E. Freer who survives with a son and a 
daughter. He united with the Church of the Brethren in youth and 
remained a loyal member to the time of his death. He was especially 
valued for his business ability and for his firmness in maintaining 
church polity. He was a member of the official body of the church 
for many years. Funeral services by Bro. T. S. Moherman, assisted 
by the writer. Interment in Dickey cemetery near Ashland. — C. A. 
Helm, Ashland, Ohio. 

Garber, Willielle Geraldine, born June 6, 1922, at Sangerville, Va., 
and died Aug. 13, 1936, at a hospital, Washington, D. C, of spinal 
meningitis. She united with the church at Sangerville when nine 
years old. The last few years she had lived near Washington. She 
had an unbroken record at Sunday school for the past five years. 
She was the only daughter of D. Wilmer and Blanch Ruff Garber. 
She leaves her twin brother and two other brothers, also twins. 
She was anointed during her short illness. Services at Sangerville 
by Bro. D. D. Fleishman, assisted by Rev. Monson. Interment in the 
cemetery near by. — Fannie Shull, Bridgewater, Va. 

George, Bro. John H., died Jan. 5, 1937, at his home in Chambers- 
burg, aged 72 years, 7 months and 5 days. He is survived by his 
widow, four daughters and two sons, also by four stepsons, two step- 
brothers and a stepsister. The funeral services by Bro. D. E. Stouf- 
fer, assisted by Brethren C. E. Grapes, Welty Smith and William 
Hollinger, in the Mummert meetinghouse, near East Berlin, Pa. 
Burial was made in the cemetery adjoining. — Grace E. Smith, Waynes- 
boro. Pa. 

Guyer, Thelma Alverta, daughter of John and Jennie Shelly, was 
born near Williamsburg on May 4, 1901, and died Dec. 10, 1936, at 
her home in Altoona. She married Warren Guyer March 1, 1918. She 
united with the Brethren church when quite young and was always 
faithful in church and Sunday-school attendance. Surviving are 
her husband, two sons and one daughter, father and mother, two 
brothers and one sister. Funeral services in the Twenty-eighth 
Street church, Altoona, by her pastor, Bro. Glen Norris, assisted 
by Bro. Walter Long. Burial in the Shelly cemetery. — Mrs. Sarah 
Shelly, Williamsburg, Pa. 

Hamilton, Samuel, died at the home of his sister in Girard, Nov. 25, 
1936, following a brief illness of pneumonia. He was 75 years old and 
had spent most of his life in this community. A number of years ago 
he united with the Church of the Brethren at Girard. He is survived 
by his wife, one son, two daughters, a sister and two brothers. Fu- 
neral services at the church in Girard by K. C. Bechtel with interment 
in the Girard cemetery. — Mrs. H. V. Stutsman, Girard, III. 

Hess, Sister Sarah, died at the Chambersburg hospital, Nov. 18, 
1936, aged about 60 years. Sister Hess started to a neighbor's house 
and was stricken with a stroke along the highway. She was hurried 
to the hospital where she died five minutes after being admitted. Sis- 
ter Hess lived alone and had no near relatives. Funeral services were 
held in the Brown's Mill house conducted by Bro. Graybill Hershey 
who was holding a revival at Brown's Mill at the time. Bro. Hershey 
was assisted by Bro. Welty Smith of the home congregation. Burial 
was made in the cemetery adjoining. — Grace E. Smith, Waynesboro, 

Hoff, Sister Martha Elizabeth Boyd, was born in Somerset County, 
Pa., Oct. 13, 1862, and died Dec. 1, 1936, at Upland, Calif., following a 
prolonged illness. She was married to Ephraim Hoff Jan. 19, 1888, at 
Waterloo, Iowa; to this union were born three daughters and two 
sons, all of whom with their father and eight grandchildren survive, 
also three brothers and two sisters. The deceased united with the 
Waterloo church at the age of twenty-three years and she lived a 
life devoted to active Christian service until prevented by failing 
health. Funeral services were held at the La Verne church by Bro. 
Galen K. Walker, pastor, and Bro. M. J. Mishler. Interment was 
made at the Evergreen cemetery, La Verne, Calif. — Grace Hileman 
Miller, La Verne, Calif. 

Jenkins, Bro. Wm. H., aged 77 years, died at the home of his son 
at Oakton, Va., on Dec. 9, 1936. Following a stroke of paralysis about 
a year ago he had been in failing health. He had been a member of 
the church for many years and was a regular attendant at services. 
His wife preceded him ten years ago. He is survived by five children 
and one brother. Services at Mt. Zion church by his pastor, Bro. 
A. Joseph Caricofe, with interment in the cemetery near by. — Elsie 
Broyles, Luray, Va. 

Jordan, Jack, Jr., the 21-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Jor- 
dan of Pitsburg, was born and reared in West Alexandria. On Christ- 
mas Eve he was fatally injured in an auto accident. Funeral serv- 
ices at West Alexandria Church of the Brethren by Bro. Jonas GrofT. 
Burial in Sugar Grove cemetery. The parents and one sister sur- 
vive. — Mrs. Howard Cunningham, West Alexandria, Ohio. 

Jurrus, Martin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Jurrus, was born 
in Hamburg, Germany, Oct. 24, 1864. He came to America fifty-five 
years ago locating at Bloomville, Ohio. Later he moved to Fostoria 
where he was employed on the New York Central railroad until about 
three years ago. Nov. 2, 1884, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth 
Shonts. One son was born to them in whose home the father died and 
in which the mother is now domiciled. Bro. Jurrus united with the 

German Lutheran church while he lived in Germany and never changed 
church affiliation. Funeral was conducted by the writer in the Mann 
Funeral Home, Fostoria, Ohio. Interment in Fountain cemetery.— 
Walter Swihart, Fostoria, Ohio. 

Keefer, Sister Fannie Bell, widow of Calvin Keefer, died Dec. 30, 1936, 
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ella Corbin, Westminster, Md. 
She was 74 years old. Five children, a brother and a sister survive. 
She was confined to her home for a number of years because of ill 
health but always enjoyed the fellowship with the church members 
who visited her. Funeral services at the home by Bro. Geo. A. Early 
and Bro. A. Stauffer Curry. Interment in the Uniontown cemetery.- 
Mrs. H. Edgar Royer, Westminster, Md. 

Klein, Ralph Roop, died at the home of his parents, Elder and Mrs. 
Jesse R. Klein, near Johnsville, Frederick County, Md., Dec. 12, aged 
27 years. Besides his parents he is survived by one brother and three 
sisters. He united with the Church of the Brethren at Beaverdar 
when he was about twelve years of age. He was devoted to his 
church and attended its services whenever his health permitted. 
Funeral services at the home by Eld. D. O. Metz, assisted by Elders 
D. E. Englar and E. C. Woodie. Interment in Beaverdam cemetery. 
—Mary K. Repp, Union Bridge, Md. 

Levengood, Catharine, nee Burger, was born near Baltic in 1858, and 
died at her home near Ragersville, Ohio, Oct. 31, 1936. She was mar- 
ried to David Levengood in 1891; he survives with three daughters, 
one son and six grandchildren. She was a member of the Church of 
the Brethren at Baltic since her youth. Services at the Union church 
in Sugar Creek, Ohio, by Eld. Edw. Shepfer and Rev. L. W. Sifferd. 
Burial at Shanesville, Ohio. — Mrs. Ellen Miller, Baltic, Ohio. 

McMullen, Harry Austin, 15 years old, only son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Wilbert McMullen, died Jan. 6, 1937, at a Hutchinson hospital, Kans., 
following a two weeks' illness. Funeral services from the Church of 
the Brethren by Bro. H. L. Ruthrauff with interment in Fairlawn 
cemetery. He is survived by his parents. He united with the Church 
of the Brethren at the age of eleven and had been a faithful attendant 
ever since. — Mrs. Steve Moyer, Hutchinson, Kans. 

Mote, Esther (Hettie) Niswonger, was born March 4, 1845, at Pits- 
burg, Ohio; died Sept. 27, 1936, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. 
Ollie Mikesell, near Union City, Ind. Her father, John Niswonger, 
was a pioneer in Darke County, Ohio, a hundred years ago, and was 
an early leader in the German Baptist church there. Esther was 
married to Harvey Mote May 13, 1866. They united with the church 
in 1870 and later helped to organize the Pleasant Valley congregation. 
Her companion was called to the ministry in 1895 and passed away 
in 1909. Six children were born in the home, four of whom survive 
their mother. The youngest daughter, Minna Heckman, went with 
her husband to China as a missionary in 1911. When she returned as 
a widow two years later, Mother Mote was ready to assist in rearing 
the two small grandchildren. There are eleven grandchildren, ten 
great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. The funeral 
was conducted in the Union City Church of the Brethren by the pas- 
tor, D. G. Berkebile, and the burial was in the cemetery near the old 
Brick church, two miles north of town. — Minna M. Heckman, Chi- 
cago, 111. 

Myers, Bro. Daniel L., born April 7, 1866, died at his home in Green- 
castle, Nov. 9, 1936. He is survived by his wife, one son and four 
daughters. One son preceded him in death. He was called to the 
deacon's office in the Falling Springs congregation and served in that 
capacity for many years. A man quiet and retiring, he was re- 
spected by all who knew him. He always lived faithful to the Master. 
Funeral services were held in the Brown's Mill house conducted by 
Welty Smith, assisted by the other home ministers. Burial was made 
in the cemetery adjoining. — Grace E. Smith, Waynesboro, Pa. 

Myers, Sister Mary Baugher, wife of Bro. John M. Myers, of Baugh- 
man's Valley, Md., died Dec. 26, 1936, at her home within the bounds 
of Meadow Branch congregation, aged 63 years. She was a woman of 
sterling Christian character and a great help to her husband in his 
business career. She was ill with pneumonia for only one week. 
From early life she was a faithful, loyal member of the Church of the 
Brethren. She leaves three sons, four daughters, two brothers and 
six grandchildren. Myers, Bro. John M., died at his home just one 
week after the death of his wife, aged 66 years. He had been ailing 
for about two years and confined to his bed since last September; 
death was caused by pulmonary thrombosis. Besides the children, 
two sisters survive. He was a conservative member of the Church 
of the Brethren for many years and remained faithful to the end. Fu- 
neral services for both in Meadow Branch church by the under- 
signed, assisted by Eld. J. W. Thomas. Interment in church cemetery. 
— Wm. E. Roop, Westminster, Md. 

Petry, Alma, daughter of David and Elizabeth Flory, was born 
March 30, 1874, in Montgomery County, Ohio, and died Dec. -7, 1936. 
While young in life she united with the church. Feb. 28, 1897, she 
married Cyrus Petry, to which union were born five children, all of 
whom are living. When health permitted she was always active in 
the work of the church. She also helped the needy. Funeral services 
in Salem church by the pastor, assisted by Eld. Hugh Cloppert. — 
J. P. Prather, Dayton, Ohio. 

Petry, Cyrus S., son of Michael and Catherine Petry, was born on a 
farm near New Madison, Ohio, Jan. 12, 1869, and died Sept. 3, 1936. 
His experiences in life were varied. He attended district school and 
Mt. Morris College, after which he taught several years in the com- 
mon school. On Feb. 28, 1897, he married Alma Flory. While but a 
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was elected to the office of deacon in 1911. He was always an eager 
and earnest worker in the church. Over a year ago he had his left 
leg amputated from which he recovered and for many months at- 
tended church and sang in the choir. Surviving are four daughters 
and one son. He was a loving and devoted father and faithful mem- 
ber of the church. Funeral services in the Salem church by the pas- 
tor, assisted by Eld. Hugh Cloppert.— J. P. Prather, Dayton, Ohio. 

Russell, Frank M., of Martinsburg, died suddenly at his home, fol- 
lowing a stroke of apoplexy. Before moving to Martinsburg in 1920 he 
lived in the vicinity of Fredericksburg on a farm. He was born near 
Fishertown on Dec. 10, 1869, the son of Jacob and Rebecca Miller Rus- 
sell. Jan. 11, 1894, he married Miss Amanda G. Brumbaugh who sur- 
vives with three daughters, two brothers, three sisters and five 
grandchildren. He was a member of the Memorial Church of the 
Brethren and also served as a deacon. He was always an active work- 
er in the church. Funeral services at the church by the pastor, A. R. 
Coffman, assisted by Fred R. Zook. Interment in Spring Hope cem- 
etery.— Kathryn Lehman, Martinsburg, Pa. 

Shiflett, Sister Bryana Frances, daughter of James and Mary 
Sprouse, wife of Jos. Hobart Shiflett of Free Union, died rather sud- 
denly at the University hospital in Charlottesville, Dec. 31, 1936. She 
was 36 years old. Surviving are her husband, one son, her mother, 
four sisters and five brothers. Funeral at Lower Union church by 
Bro. Geo. Maupin with interment in the church cemetery. She united 
with the church at this place two years ago during a revival meeting. 
She lived a consistent Christian life and will be greatly missed.— 
Ethel Via Kindrick, Free Union, Va. 

Steeger, Emma F. Miller, was born Sept. 1, 1867, and died at her 
home near Millersburg, Ohio, Dec. 21, 1936. She was reared in the 
home of the late Moses T. and Elizabeth Miller of Berlin, Ohio. She 
was married to David M. Hochstetler Nov. 28, 1886, who died April 
5, 1908. To this union were born five sons and three daughters who 
survive together with twenty-four grandchildren and one great-grand- 
child. In October, 1910, she married Francis M. Doty who died 
March 20, 1932. March 17, 1935, she married Harvey Steeger who sur- 
ives. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren, Bunker Hill 
congregation, Berlin, Ohio. Services by Eld. Edw. Shepfer and Eld. 
D. Fisher with burial in Oak Hill cemetery at Millersburg, Ohio. 
—Mrs. Ellen Miller, Baltic, Ohio. 

Strickler, Sister Annie S., aged 71 years, died. She was the widow 
of Wm. H. Strickler who preceded her three months ago. Services in 
the Longstown church by Brethren Daniel Bowser and Michael 
Markey. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.— H. B. Markey, York, Pa. 
Wampler, Anna Bell, was born in Rockingham County, Va., Sept. 27, 
1900. Later she moved with her parents to Augusta County near 
New Hope, in the bounds of the Middle River congregation. She was 
the daughter of Sister Rosa and the late Bro. William Cupp. She ac- 
cepted her Savior early in life and was baptized in October, 1916. She 
ived a faithful consistent Christian life, being a fine example for 
the younger women of the church. She was united in marriage to B. J. 
Wampler Aug. 24, 1921. To this union were born three children. Sis- 
ter Wampler possessed rare instincts of motherhood, which fitted her 
splendidly for the task of homemaking. She served as teacher for 
years in the primary department where she was loved and respected 
by all. A few years ago Bro. Wampler was called to the deacon's 
ffice, and her service in this capacity proved valuable and helpful to 
the church. She quietly passed into the beyond on Dec. 3, 1936, after 
n illness of ten weeks from an acute heart attack. Besides her 
husband and children she leaves her mother and three brothers, also 
her grandmother who is now 92 years old. The funeral services were 
held from the Middle River Church of the Brethren conducted by the 
writer, assisted by Eld. J. W. Wright. Burial in the adjoining ceme- 
tery. — B. B. Garber, Waynesboro, Va. 

Williams, Bro. John, died at his home near Greencastle, Pa., aged 
'4 years. Several years ago he had a stroke which partially para- 
yzed his one side. On Dec. 21 he had another stroke which proved 
iatal. Bro. Williams was baptized Aug. 25, 1936, and enjoyed his 
short fellowship with the church. He is survived by his widow and 
ve children, all at home. Funeral services were held in the Brown's 
Mill house conducted by Bro. D. E. Stouffer. Burial was made in the 
:emetery adjoining the Shank's church, near Greencastle. — Grace E. 
5mith, Waynesboro, Pa. 
Wonderlich, Mabel Lemlcy, born near Richland, Iowa, Feb. 7, 1878, 
nd died at the hospital, Fairfield, Nov. 10, 1936. She joined the Bap- 
list church while in her teens and in 1897 united with the Church of 
the Brethren. Always an active worker in the Sunday school her un- 
easing efforts largely promoted our school in its growth. For about 
ighteen years she had served faithfully as the wife of a deacon. She 
was married to Aaron J. Wonderlich in 1896; her husband and three 
daughters survive. Oct. 28 she was anointed in her home. She was 
anxious for an operation to determine the cause of her illness which 
•roved to be cancer. Funeral service at the South Keokuk church by 
Iro. W. H. Brower, assisted by Eld. D. F. Shelly. Burial in the 
hurch cemetery. — N. A. Wonderlich, Richland, Iowa. 

Woodward, Bro. Wm. H., aged 66 years, died at his home, Oct. 30, 
936, from a complication of diseases. He had been a member of the 
:hurch since early life and had served as a deacon for a number of 
pears. He was twice married and is survived by his widow and two 
laughters by the first marriage. Funeral services from Ida Grove 
ihurch by his pastors, Brethren H. E. Wakeman and A. Jos. Caricofc, 
vith interment in the family burial plot near by.— Elsie Broyles, 
-uray, Va. 

Wysong, Rosa, daughter of John and Sarah Wogoman, was born 
Dec. 9, 1864, in Montgomery County, Ohio. March 18, 1894, she mar- 
ried David Wysong. This union was blessed with four sons. Soon 
after marriage she united with the Church of the Brethren and re- 
mained a faithful follower of Christ. She had been in ill health for 
almost a year but death came suddenly from a heart attack Dec. 15, 
1936, at her home near West Alexandria. The husband survives with 
three sons, four grandchildren, a sister and a brother. Funeral from 
West Alexandria church by Bro. Jonas Groff, assisted by Eld. Noah 
Erbaugh with burial in Lexington cemetery.— Mrs. Howard Cunning- 
ham, West Alexandria, Ohio. 

Young, Jacob, born near Baltic, Ohio, in 1872, and died at his home 
in Coshocton County, Ohio, on Nov. 27, 1936. He was married to Sis- 
ter Elmira Shutt who preceded him in death, leaving one daughter. 
His second marriage was to Miss Irene Bier who survives with two 
sons. He also leaves one brother, one sister and one half sisfcr. Fu- 
neral at the Church of the Brethren at Baltic where he was a mem- 
ber. Services by Eld. Edw. Shepfer with burial in the cemetery near 
the church.— Mrs. Ellen Miller, Baltic, Ohio. 

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Butte Valley.— At the business meeting Sept. 6, all officers for the 
church and Sunday-school year were elected. Bro. Lester Huffman 
was chosen Sunday-school superintendent; Bro. Ora Weddle, elder; 
Bro. Andrew Blickenstaff, assistant elder. During the late summer 
Eld. Blickenstaff, chairman of the District Board of Administration, 
visited among our people and preached twice on Sunday. His visit 
brought much encouragement and inspiration to the membership. 
Pastor and Mrs. Ora Weddle were delegates to the district confer- 
ence at Empire in October. On the evening of Oct. 29 the church 
and community gave a program and social along with a food shower 
to the pastor and family as a welcome home from a seven-weeks' 
vacation. Wood for the church furnace and for the pastor was cut 
from trees in the near-by mountains by the men early in the fall. 
Both time and money were generously given to make this possible. 
All services and social activities of the church are now being held in 
the Macdoel community hall, which provides ample room for such. 
Inasmuch as ours is the only organized church in this rural com- 
munity the pastoral program is carried on as much as possible after 
the larger parish plan. This method brings several families of other 
denominations into active co-operation with our own members. We 
are working toward the building of a new church plant as soon as 
possible. The building fund continues to grow. On a recent Sunday 
one of our good members gave $100 for that fund. Our communion 
service, held on Thanksgiving evening, was one of the largest and 
most inspirational we have had. We were happy to have all our 
young people, as well as a number of visiting members.present. On 
Sunday evening before Christmas a program was given jointly by the 
Adventist Sabbath school and the Sunday school to a large and ap- 
preciative audience. One letter of membership has been granted to 
a sister who has worked faithfully in the church for a number of 
years. She with her husband and two children will be greatly missed 
as they go to their new home in Dunsmuir. Although our member- 
ship is small, ^radically every member of the church is active in 
some part of the church or Sunday school. The spirit of co-operation 
between the several members, and with the other Christian people 
here, is highly commendable, As this is a mission church, supported 
jointly by the local congregation and this district, we are always anx- 
ious to have members who are passing this way to stop and visit 
with our people. We are located on State Highway 97, a mam thor- 
oughfare from California into Oregon and Washington. An invita- 
tion to those who may be going to the Conference at Nampa. Idaho, 
to come our way and give us a visit, a sermon, or program, is cor- 
dially extended— Mrs. Ora Weddle, Macdoel, Calif.. Jan. 5. 

Covina.— Our love feast was held Nov. 8 with Bro. Sollenberger of 
Glendora officiating. The father and son banquet was held in Novem- 
ber. A number of our folks attended the union leadership training 
class held during the month of November and part of December. Spe- 
cial home mission offering was taken Dec. 13 amounting to over $240. 
A special Sunday-school missionary offering was taken Jan. 3 amount- 
ing to about $50. The Christmas program by the children of the 
school was given on Dec. 21. The evening of the same date the young 
people gave an interesting Christmas program. Wednesday night 
Bible study led by the pastor. Bro. Mark Cripc, continues in inter- 
est and attendance. The young married people's class is trying the 
method of having each member of the class teach, instead of having 
a regular teacher; it seems to work quite well. .They have a social 
and dinner once a month which also give added interest. At the 
regular quarterly council meeting Jan. 6 the yearly reports of dif- 
ferent departments showed that progress has been made. It was 
decided to have a week of pre-Eastcr meetings conducted by the pas- 
tor. All the church officers were elected. Mrs. Eulalia Ovcrholtzer 
was chosen church correspondent; she also is Messenger agent. A 
special effort will In- made to get the Messenger into all the bonus. 
Bro. Edgar Rothrock was chosen elder for another year.— Mrs. Temple 
S. Funk, Charter Oak. Calif., Jan. 9. 

Hermosa Beach— The church observed Christinas on Dec. -V with 
a program in the morning by the Sunday-school children who also 
brought while gilts for our children's convalescent hospital. In the 
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others and our offerings for the day for the General Mission Board 
were good. The Pioneer Girls' club again made gifts for the Cradle 
Roll members and helped with those for the Home Department. These 
departments are very active and are a big part of the school. The 
women held their annual bazaar and sent the money in for the Wom- 
en's Work. A grandmother and granddaughter have just been bap- 
tized here. Our men are also organized and did some commendable 
work at Christmas time in giving baskets and gifts. Brother and 
Sister Carl are still working hard in the interest of the church. We 
are hoping some church workers will locate here as workers are 
surely needed. — Mrs. Vinna Bowman, Hermosa Beach, Calif., Jan. 11. 

La Verne. — The Pacific Coast Regional conference will convene at 
La Verne College and the La Verne church Feb. 2 to 7 inclusive, with 
D. W. Kurtz, president of Bethany Biblical Seminary, and V. F. 
Schwalm, president of McPherson College, as guest instructors. The 
annual La Verne College new era banquet will occur at the church on 
Feb. 4. The local Ladies' Aid Society in co-operation with other Aids 
of the district, will prepare and serve the food at this banquet. Lynn 
A. Blickenstaff of Bombay, India, missionary on furlough, has charge 
of the sale of tickets. At a recent church council meeting, a budget 
for $10,538 was adopted for the year 1937; $2,000 is to pay off bonds 
on the church property, $1,675 is for interest on bonds and $1,000 is for 
La Verne College current expenses. Pastor Galen K. Walker is con- 
ducting a study of the First Epistle of John at the Wednesday eve- 
ning prayer meeting hour. The Ladies' Aid society continues to find 
plenty of various types of work to do; at their weekly meeting 
Thursday the group voted to continue payments on an India mission 
share plan and also voted $25 sent immediately to the General Mis- 
sion Board. The Dorcas Sunday-school class (young married women) 
remembered various foreign missionaries at the Christmas season and 
are very active in service projects in general. The men's Bible 
class entertained their wives in a social meeting in honor of their 
teacher, Harvey Melvin Brubaker, recently. — Grace Hileman Miller, 
La Verne, Calif., Jan. 11. 

Pomona. — Readers of The Gospel Messenger will be interested to 
know that the Church of the Brethren was destroyed by fire early Sun- 
day morning, Dec. 13, 1936. Members arriving for church services 
were shocked to see smoke pouring from the roof and upper windows. 
A two and one-quarter-inch rain on Monday and Tuesday following 
furthered the damage several thousand dollars. The building and 
furniture were insured. We are temporarily located on property be- 
longing to Seventh Day Adventists. At a special council meeting on 
Dec. 21, 1936, it was decided not to rebuild the church, and a com- 
mittee was appointed to seek a new location and draw up plans for 
a new building. The regular quarterly council was held Jan. 4, 
with Eld. Edgar Rothrock presiding. The committee stated it is still 
in search of a suitable location; financial reports were made. Since 
the last report to the Messenger, we have enjoyed several very inter- 
esting programs. Our pastor, Bro. Lorell Weiss, gave three "re- 
covery" sermons in September, following the summer vacation. On 
Nov. 1 Bro. Chalmer Shul! spoke on his work in the India mission. The 
La Verne children's choir gave a splendid program on Nov. 29. Our 
last communion was held on Dec. 6, with Bro. Ellis M. Studebaker in 
charge. The choir presented a cantata entitled "Childe Jesus" as a 
Christmas program, Dec. 20, in the local Y. M. C. A.— Mrs. Lois Fas- 
nacht Noll, Pomona, Calif., Jan. 5. 

Santa Ana. — The church received much inspiration from the preach- 
ing mission. A number of the members were able to attend some of 
the sessions in Los Angeles. In keeping with the plan, our church 
held an eight-day preaching mission from Nov. 22-29. Eld. Roy A. 
Crist of La Verne College preached for us. His messages were clear, 
forceful and were much appreciated by the people. The meeting 
ended with a love feast at which Bro. Crist presided. Three were 
baptized since our last report. The church seems to be growing in 
spiritual life and the attendance is increasing slowly. At the Christ- 
mas program, given by the Sunday school, the church was filled and 
many came that we are hoping to make regular attendants. The 
children, with a few numbers from the adults, gave a very fine 
program. At the close of the meeting the missionary ship idea was 
carried out. A ship, modeled after a modern steamer, was made 
from cardboard. After the children and some of the older ones had 
put in their dime cards and other offerings, the intermediate girls 
brought up the remainder of the offering and put it in the ship. The 
lights were turned out, the ship lighted by two flashlights, and the 
ship was pulled to the balcony slowly while the audience sang Speed 
Away. The effect was very inspiring. We plan to make this a part 
of each Christmas program. Our second successful Messenger club 
was completed last month. We appreciate very much the opportunity 
of having the Messenger available to practically every home in the 
church. Jan. 4-8 the Week of Prayer was observed in Santa Ana 
by a union effort. 9even churches were used over the city, by the 
ministerial association. The same subject was used in each church, 
with different ministers leading. The people attended the church 
closest to them, irrespective of denomination. We recently installed 
indirect lighting in the church. This takes off a great deal of the 
strain of evening meetings, due to glaring lights. The church is look- 
ing forward to the new year expecting God's blessings to be utilized 
in our lives more than in the past.— Mrs. H. B. Landis, Santa Ana, 
Calif., Jan. 9. 


Bow Valley.— On Oct. 13 Bro. W. E. Buntain of Philadelphia came 
to Arrowwood to conduct our district Bible school. This has been 
a very spiritual school under his leadership. He was ably assisted in 

the teaching by Sister Grace Brubaker of our church. Bro. Buntain 
taught three classes: The Book of Acts and the Early Church; Prayer 
and the Holy Spirit; and Evangelism and Home Missions. The latter 
named class held two class periods each evening on Monday, Tuesday, 
and Wednesday nights. This course exceeded the fondest expecta- 
tions of both teacher and board of administration. The average at- 
tendance was twenty-eight. While most of the students were from 
our own congregation, eight were enrolled from the First Irricana 
congregation. Because we were unable to procure a> teacher until a 
very late date, some prospective students had made other arrange- 
ments. Bro. Buntain had charge of the preaching services during the 
ten weeks he was here. We feel that much good was accomplished. 
On Dec. 20 we held our fall love feast with sixty-two surrounding the 
Lord's tables. Bro. Buntain officiated, assisted by our local ministers. 
We are trying to arrange for Bro. Buntain to return to be our pas- 
tor, district field man, and Bible school teacher. Nov. 2 the young 
people from the First Irricana church had charge of our evening 
services. Their program consisted of special music, readings, a short 
talk on missions by their pastor, Bro. B. H. Suttle, and a play, The 
Leaden Image. On Dec. 13 our own young people presented the play, 
Out of the Shadows, at the evening service. It was preceded by a short 
talk on Faith by Bro. Buntain. — Mrs. S. M. Burger, Arrowwood, Alta., 
Jan. 9. 


Sterling. — Work in the Sterling congregation has been moving along 
with the usual amount of encouragement and discouragement in the 
past year. Some progress has been made in the way of building up the 
Sunday-school attendance. We closed the year on Dec. 27 with an 
average attendance from Jan. 1, 1936, to Dec. 27 of fifty-one plus. This 
is not a large attendance, but comparing it to the average of other 
years we feel greatly encouraged. It was our good fortune to be ' 
host to the District Conference of Eastern Colorado and New Mexico 
in August. We were glad to have the fellowship of visiting brethren. 
The church received a blessing from the meeting. Our work here has 
suffered from some great handicaps recently. During the month of 
November one of our families moved away, taking eight out of our 
Sunday school besides two good workers. The infantile paralysis, 
which was a near epidemic in this section of Colorado, handicapped 
our work very much, taking away one of our good workers in death. 
Recently our hearts were bowed in grief by the passing of Sister Edna 
Cooper, another ' faithful worker. In a small mission church like 
Sterling, every worker is greatly missed. On Dec. 20 a beautiful 
baptismal service was held and one of our Sunday-school girls followed 
the Lord in baptism. We had a very splendid program by the chil- 
dren at Christmas time. On Christmas Eve the pastor with a group 
of intermediates and some of the young people went caroling. Seven 
calls were made upon the shut-ins and at our county home for the 
infirm. Everywhere the young people were very graciously received, 
and we felt the evening was very profitably spent. We are planning 
to begin a series of meetings here Feb. 1, with the pastor as evan- 
gelist. We feel that much of the future of our work in Sterling de- 
pends upon our success in this meeting. The Sterling church is in 
the midst of one of the most fertile irrigated farming sections of 
Colorado, just a few miles from what is reputed the most productive 
dry land section in the state. There are many advantages for the 
home builder here. We have a commodious church plant, well 
equipped, in one of the best church locations in the city, all free of 
debt. The church is well arranged, will comfortably seat 250 people 
in the main auditorium. Sterling is a thriving little trading and in- 
dustrial center of 8,000 population. Good schools, good water, pub- 
lic library and the county seat of Logan County. If you are think- 
ing of locating in the west, why not investigate? We need the help 
of the Brethren in the work here. — Chas. Dumond, pastor, Sterling, 
Colo., Jan. 9. 


Miami. — On Dec. 27 we met as usual in the park for Sunday school 
and preaching service. Eld. H. M. Landis of Tampa delivered the 
sermon which was very good and much appreciated. We also en- 
joyed Sister Lois Lauver's help in the Sunday school. We had lunch 
together followed by a social hour and a business meeting. Our pas- 
tor, Bro. I. R. Pletcher, tendered his resignation to take effect April 1. 
Our elder, Bro. J. H. Morris, also resigned and we elected Bro. 
Ellis Wagoner in his place. We are looking forward to the coming of 
Bro. E. S. Coffman who will hold our first series of meetings. We 
hope to be able to worship in our new church by February. We 
appreciate having tourists stop to worship with us. The church is 
on 95th Street and 6th Avenue, N. W. We would be glad to hear 
from those coming to Miami. — Mrs. Enos Overholser, R. 1, Miami, Fla., 
Box 438 M, 98th St. and 7th Ave., N. W., Jan. 9. 


Allison Prairie church met in council Dec. 30. The following church 
officers were elected: treasurer, Adam Jellison; clerk, Ernest FryeJ 
trustee, Jacob Elder; district mission treasurer, Clara Douglass; Mes- 
senger agent and correspondent, the writer. Bro. J. L. Guthrie of 
Ohio closed a very successful meeting on Thanksgiving night with 
five additions and two reclaimed. Our love feast was held Nov. 21 
with a good attendance. The junior department gave a program and 
brought the proceeds from their quarters which amounted to $22. 
Christmas night our young people presented the play( The Other Je- 
sus. Our Sunday school is increasing in attendance, the average being 
78 the last quarter. Under the' leadership of Bro. Ritchey we are 
having some wonderful cottage prayer meetings each week with good 

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attendance. The Aid Society reorganized with Hazel Frye, presi- 
dent.— Viola Frye, Lawrenceville, III., Jan. 9. 

Girard.— On Sunday afternoon, Oct. 25, Elders I. D. Heckman of 
Cerro Gordo and E. F. Caslow of Virden were with us and conducted 
an impressive service in which our pastor, Bro. K. C. Bechtel, was 
ordained to the eldership. Dec. 16 we met in council and elected church 
officers for the year. Bro. I. J. Harshbarger was chosen elder, but 
because of his physical condition, Bro. K. C. Bechtel was chosen asso- 
ciate elder. On Sunday morning, Dec. 20, the primary department 
of our Sunday school in a short program brought us the Christmas 
message. The past week we joined with the other churches of the 
town in union prayer service each evening, thus observing the national 
week of prayer.— Mrs. H. V. Stutsman, Girard, 111., Jan. 10. 


Anderson.— At the last meeting of the organized Bible class, Jan. 5, 
and the beginning of the new year's work, officers were elected, the 
president being J. S. Alldredge. The yearly report showed that the 
class is financially able to go aggressively -into another year's activity. 
The B. Y. P. D. held an enjoyable meeting Jan. 3 following a fel- 
lowship meal. Talks were made regarding the plan and scope of 
work to be the objectives of 1937. Most of our Sunday-school teachers 
have been returned to their classes and are earnestly entering upon 
the new term.— Nila Alldredge, Anderson, Ind., Jan. 14. 

Auburn, — The Ladies' Aid Society completed a large braided felt 
rug just before Christmas which was very beautiful. The rug was 
designed by Mrs. M. C. Henney, wife of the superintendent of Auburn 
schools. The women all worked very faithfully and enjoyed the work 
very much. A young lady in New York purchased the rug for which 
we received a check for $70. We also have several more orders. We 
began working on the rug on June 4 and completed it Dec. 22. We 
met every Thursday except two. A few women of other churches also 
helped us. — Mary I. Hanson, Auburn, Ind., Jan. 12. 

Loganspoi t church met in regular business meeting Dec. 16, with 
Eld. Chas. Oberlin presiding. Five letters of membership were 
granted and six received. The church budget for the coming year 
was approved and the entire church was asked to set apart one 
special tithing week. Oct. 15 to Nov. 1 our pastor, Bro. J. J. Johnson, 
was away in a revival meeting at South Whitley. On Nov. 1 we 
began a two weeks' evangelistic campaign with Bro. L. L. Paul of 
Mooreland, Ind., as evangelist. The interest was good and the church 
was definitely benefited and strengthened by his practical gospel 
messages from the pulpit and visits in the homes. We were favored 
with special music from several of the adjoining churches. Three 
were baptized at the close of the meeting and two later. A love feast 
climaxed the meeting with a record attendance, Bro. Paul officiating. 
On Sunday evening, Dec. 20, our young people presented the Christ- 
mas play entitled "My Peace I Give Unto You." Some other special 
numbers were also given in connection with the play. Recently our 
young married people's class has reorganized after being disorgan- 
ized for some time. The Women's Work has been quite successful 
in making and selling mincemeat, and the men's group has pledged 
to furnish the coal for the church for the winter. We have three 
group meetings on Sunday evening prior to preaching service: B. Y. 
P. D., Junior League and Bible study. The Sunday-school attendance 
's increasing and conditions look hopeful for the coming year.— Hild- 
reth Paul, Logansport, Ind., Jan. 13. 

Muncie.— Bro. Russell K. Showalter has been pastor on part time for 

he Union Grove church about nine miles north of Muncie. After 

Feb. 1 he will divide his time equally between the Union Grove and 

Muncie churches. Arrangements are being made for one church to 

have its preaching hour preceding the Sunday school so that he will 

be able to preach at both places. Bro. Showalter will care for our 

/ening services the first and third Sundays in each month and for 

hose of Union Grove the second and fourth Sundays. We plan to 

have a revival meeting in the near future. The Muncie church is 

nticipating the time when it will a^ain have a pastor and we are sure 

his relationship will be helpful.— Mrs. L. S. Shively, Muncie, Ind., 

an. 11. 

Santa Fe— The Sunday before Thanksgiving C. Ray Keim of North 
Manchester was with us for the day and delivered two good messages. 
We had a full day with basket dinner at noon. Rev. C. Y. Gilmer, 

ife and daughter of the First Brethren church of Loree were with us 
or the noon hour and for the afternoon. Some of the members from 
Loree also enjoyed Bro. Keim's message in the afternoon. We re- 
vived a generous offering for missions. Jan. 4 Rev. Griffith of Indi- 
napolis, a member of the Anti-Saloon League, gave a wonderful mes- 
age. We hope all church workers will co-operate with the League, 
lur Sunday school is coming on as well as can be expected for the 

inter season.— Mrs. Dossie Webb Fewell, Bunker Hill, Ind., Jan. 12. 

South Whitley.— At our September council Sunday-school and church 
fficcrs were elected. Kimber Humbarger was re-elected Sunday- 
chool superintendent with Cyrus Senger, assistant; Bro. Edw. Kint- 
er, elder. We began our series of meetings on Oct. 18 under the 
eadership of Bro. J. J. Johnson of Logansport. His sermons were 
nuch appreciated by the members of the church. The meetings 
losed on Nov. 1 with the annual love feast. At the December council 
wo new deacons were elected and installed: Brethren Fred Lorenz 
nd Kimber Humbarger with their wives. The election and installa- 
lon were in charge of our neighboring elders, Brethren Moyne Landis 
nd H. H. Helman. Dec. 23 the children gave a pageant, When Chris! 
nas Really Came, and the young people gave a play. The Empty Room. 
Kt this program a missionary offering of $19 was taken. Our Ladies' 

Aid is an active organization; recently at a sale they cleared $55. 
Our young people's group gave $15 to Bro. A. D. Helscr for the sup- 
port of a leper for one year. Our Messenger agent, Rosa Humbarger, 
is working earnestly to get 75 per cent of our members to subscribe for 
The Gospel Messenger. — Mrs. Paul Kendall, Columbia City, Ind., 
Jan. 14. 

Wawaka church met in December with our pastor, B. E. Hoover, pre- 
siding and re-elected officers for 1937. The Aid Society also reorganized 
for the new year. There were forty-one members and an average 
attendance of twenty-nine. All-day meetings were held once each 
month. During 1936 the proceeds from the two chicken suppers, 
three ice cream socials and a Christmas bazaar amounted to $185.34. 
A contest which ran for three months netted $161.15 for our building 
fund. The entire amount taken in for the year was $444.62. We feel 
keenly the loss by death of Sister Cora Krippner, one of our most 
faithful workers. For many years she had made rugs for our organi- 
zation; during the past year eight rugs made by her were sold by the 
Aid. We start 1937 with fifty members and feel that there is a deep 
interest in our women's work and a desire that much more be ac- 
complished.— Blanche Blosser Frick, Wawaka, Ind., Jan. 14. 


Panther Creek church met in council Dec. 3. A certificate of merit 
was received by the church from Ames in recognition of the splendid 
rural work it is doing. The report of the church treasurer showed the 
financial condition of the church was good. Bro. L. A. Walker was 
re-elected elder for another year. Dec. 20 the morning service was a 
Cradle Roll program and dedication service for the babies. In the 
evening the pageant, The Bells of Bethlehem, was rendered to a large 
crowd. We had a watch meeting at the church on New Year's Eve. A 
group of young people visited the different homes on Christmas Eve 
and sang carols. Bro. Olin Shaw conducts an interesting Bible class 
every Sunday evening during the C. W. hour. Bro. Ray Bentall is the 
C. W. president for the coming year. — Mrs. C. G. Wicks, Adel, Iowa, 
Jan. 14. 


Galesburg church had good weather for the mission week meetings 
which were held Nov. 15-22 with the love feast Nov. 23. Bro. Raymond 
Peters and wife were here Dec. 3 and 4 for Christian institute train- 
ing. In December the men and boys, losers in a contest, had a wiener 
roast for the women and girls. We gave a short program Sunday night 
before Christmas. The Ladies' Aid presented a quilt to our pastor, 
Bro. Lowe, and wife as a Christmas gift. At the watch night party 
forty-six spent the evening in games followed by supper and a pro- 
gram. We are to have mission pictures of India, China and Africa in 
January. — Mrs. W. S. Anderson, Erie, Kans., Jan. 9. 

Maple Grove. — We had a program on Thanksgiving followed with 
a sermon by our elder. It has been our custom for many years to 
have services on Thanksgiving and then serve a basket dinner. We 
met in council Dec. 5 and planned a preaching mission a week prior 
to our evangelistic meetings. We had able speakers from Norcatur 
and Norton churches, and they delivered spirit-filled messages. Dec. 20 
we greeted Bro. W. W. Riddlebarger with a full house; this is the 
third time he has conducted a revival in our church. We feel that 
all who attended the meetings received much spiritual encouragement 
from the fine gospel messages given us. The meetings closed on 
Jan. 6, following which four were baptized, one received on former 
baptism and one awaits the rite. On Christmas night a group ren- 
dered the cantata. His Star, preceding the sermon. The Ladies' Aid 
held their yearly election Dec. 30, re-electing Laura Straycr. presi- 
dent. The Aid meets every two weeks in the homes of the members in 
alphabetical order. We have again placed the Messenger into 75 per 
cent of our homes. — Mrs. Lizzie Miller, Norcatur, Kans., Jan. 13. 


Brownsville. — Our Sunday school gave an interesting program on 
Dec. 23. Each department had a part in the program and the young 
people gave a drama, They That Sit in Darkness. West and South 
Brownsville also gave good programs portraying the true spirit of 
Christmas on the evenings of the 25th and 26th. Offerings for world 
wide missions were taken at all three services and amounted to over 
$60. The joint meeting we had planned for Dec. 27 was not held owing 
to the tragic death of two of our workers, Bro. Austin and Sister 
Lois Crowl. We had a splendid family watch night meeting from 8 
to 12 o'clock. The first hour was spent in recreation and fellowship 
At 9 o'clock we enjoyed a lunch, followed by general hymn singing, 
poems and special music; 10 to 10:30 stercopticon slides of a tour 
through Palestine; 10:30 to 11:20 poems and a beautiful reading by 
Mr. Cooprider of the Church of God; 11:20 to 12:00 candlelighting and 
midnight service — a very impressive and beautiful service much en- 
joyed by almost 100 folks. It was our first watch night meeting but 
already many have expressed a desire that it be repeated next year. 
Our executive board met Jan. 10 to make some plans for the work of 
the year. A canvass will be made within the next two weeks to get 
subscriptions for the Messenger. The date of Feb. 14 was set for a 
Women's Work mission program. It wag decided that the pastor ami 
ministerial board arrange for a week's pre-Eastei service Mrs. Ira 
L. Kaetzel, Brownsville, Md., Jan. 11. 

Meadow Branch congregation was favored recently by a well ren- 
dered program given by the Volunteer Mission Hand of Klizahethtown 
College. They appeared at the Meadow Branch house in the morning 
and in the Westminster church in the evening. At Christmas time the 
Sunday-school children gave a suitable program in the country church 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1937 

in the morning. The primary department numbering over 100 were 
treated to a box of candy by the school and a large orange was given 
to each one by the writer and wife. This has been the custom of the 
elder and his wife for some years past. Both church and Sunday school 
are prospering nicely at present. — Wm. E. Roop, Westminster, Md., 
Jan. 9. 

Westminster.— Bro. A. Stauffer Curry of Palmyra, Pa., came to us 
as part-time pastor Sept. 1. Bro. Curry is also studying at the West- 
minster Theological Seminary. Installation services for the pastor 
were held Sept. 6 by Bro. E. C. Bixler of New Windsor. Promotion 
day was observed in the Sunday school Sept. 26. Rally day services 
were held Oct. 11 when the officers of the school were installed. Bro. 
Earl Beard is the superintendent and Bro. Homer Sackett, assistant. 
Oct. 1 the mothers and daughters gave a very helpful program and 
elected officers for the new year. The B. Y. P. D. entertained the dis- 
trict cabinet, staff members and the local Board of Christian Educa- 
tion at a banquet on Oct. 30. Bro. Marshall Wolfe brought the message 
of the evening. Oct. 28 Bro. Royer Bish of Rocky Ford, Colo., gave 
an illustrated lecture on his travels in the Holy Land. The Sunday 
evening services have been unusually interesting and varied. The 
B. Y. P. D. gave two programs, one Oct. 11 and the other Nov. 29. 
The Men's Work organization had charge of the evening services 
Oct. 25 and Nov. 15. The women's missionary society gave a foreign 
mission program Oct. 18 and one on the American Negro Dec. 6. 
Nov. 1 Mr. Geo. Mather, a local resident, who is a world traveler, gave 
an illustrated lecture entitled The Beauty of the Earth. This lecture 
was sponsored by the Sunshine Weavers class. The Student Vol- 
unteers from Elizabethtown College gave a splendid program Dec. 13. 
The Bridgewater Student Volunteers were here with a good program 
Nov. 27. The love feast was held Nov. 8 with the pastor officiating. 
Bro. R. W. Schlosser of Elizabethtown, Pa., brought the message at 
the morning service Nov. 15. Nov. 18 a father and son banquet was 
held with seventy present. Rev. Smith, of the Reformed church, gave 
a stirring address. The men of the church are working on the Mes- 
senger subscription list and expect to go over the 75 per cent. At 
the December council Eld. Geo. A. Early was re-elected associate 
elder for this part of the congregation; Bro. Paul Niswander, clerk; 
Bro. Wm. Yingling, treasurer. Dec. 20 the Sunday school rendered 
their Christmas program. An impressive service was held on Christ- 
mas Eve from 11 to 12 in charge of the B. Y. P. D. The young people 
made many shut-ins happy Dec. 23 by singing carols outside the dif- 
ferent homes. Dec. 27 a program of Christmas music was given by 
a mixed chorus under the direction of Bro. Philip Royer. The Men's 
Work sponsored the New Year's Eve services, beginning with a 
supper followed by a period of recreation, concluding with an inspir- 
ing watch service. — Mrs. H. Edgar Royer, Westminster, Md., Jan. 9. 


Harlan church met in council Nov. 24 at the home of Bro. Warner 
Stiver with our elder, Bro. Chas. Forror, in charge. Problems of 
interest to the church were discussed. Church officers for the year 
were elected: Elder, Bro. Chas. Forror; clerk, Bro. A. W. Taylor; treas- 
urer, Bro. Warner Stiver, trustees, Bro. A. W. Taylor, three years; 
Bro. S. C. Byer, two years; Bro. Myles Byer, one year; the writer, 
Messenger agent and correspondent. April 1, 1935, we organized a 
union Sunday school (Methodist, Evangelical, Church of the Breth- 
ren) with the services at our church. We have an average attendance 
of forty; preaching every Sunday morning by Bro. Ross Ferner who 
is a very sincere man. We decided to take advantage of the club offer 
so as to get more Messengers into homes of members. — Mrs. Edna 
Foote, Copemish, Mich., Jan. 14. 

Rodney. — On Oct. 4 Bro. Chas. Forror of Brethren, Mich., came to 
us for a two weeks' meeting. He preached the Word which built us 
up spiritually and brought one of our Sunday-school scholars to 
Christ. The meeting closed with communion services on Oct. 17. 
At the members' meeting Dec. 6 we elected Samuel Bollinger elder 
for this year. We also made some arrangements for the district 
meeting which we expect will be held here this year. Our church 
service and Sunday school are moving along nicely. — W. E. Tombaugh, 
Rodney, Mich., Jan. 12. 


Lincoln church met in council Dec. 11. Treasurer's reports showed 
a large amount on hand. Motion carried that we would have three 
love feasts this coming year. Motion carried to invite all ministers 
who go through or near Lincoln to stop and give a sermon if pos- 
sible. Our church wa3 very happy to have with us Sister June Year- 
out Dec. 12. Her message on the Life of Christ was very inspiring. 
Everyone was fascinated by her youth and her wonderful knowledge 
of the Bible. After the service Brother and Sister Gable had a young 
people's reception at their home. Sister June Yearout related many 
interesting stories. One thing that impressed us all was the fact that 
she wanted a church that was run down and not one that already had 
many members. The women of the church ended their "Mystery Sis- 
ter" plan by a Christmas party Dec. 16. Each lady brought a gift for 
the name that she had drawn. The Cradle Roll superintendent, Mrs. 
Chester VanDyke, had a Christmas party for the little folks Dec. 23. 
There were about fifteen present. The B. Y. P. D. went caroling 
Dec. 23, remembering all the sick and the old members of our church. 
The B. Y. P. D. gave a play entitled "The True Meaning of Christ- 
mas" Sunday evening, Dec. 20. After the play a pageant, "Christ Is 
Born," was given by the little ones and the B. Y. P. D. accompanied 
them by singing. — Bernice Schwartz, Lincoln, Nebr., Jan. 5. 


Clovis. — All committees have been outlining the church program and 
making plans for the new year. The Sunday school gave a very fitting 
Christmas service, closing with presentation of gifts to him whose 
birthday we celebrate. The dime cards and cash offering of $17.70 
were given for general missions and groceries for the local needy. 
Our regular quarterly council was early New Year's Eve. After an 
intermission there was a watch service, with slides on The Other Wise 
Man, and the candlelighting service. We are preparing to build a 
new garage and Sunday-school rooms. We have reasons for renewed 
encouragement as we see a growing interest. — Mrs. Minnie B. 
Rodes, Clovis, N. Mex., Jan. 11. 


Coventry.— The fall just past has been a busy one for the Coventry 
church. The Women's Work under the leadership of our pastor's wife, 
Sister Dick, presented an interesting program. Sister Stover Kulp 
brought the message. Bro. Joseph H. Clapper of Hopewell, Pa., held 
a two weeks' meeting in November and preached strong spiritual mes- 
sages. The meeting closed with an impressive communion service with 
a large percentage of the members of the congregation attending. Two 
members were added to the church by baptism and one was reclaimed. 
A united Thanksgiving service was held by the Coventry and Parker- 
ford Brethren at the Coventry church; Bro. Clayton H. Gehman gave 
the message. Dec. 20 the Sunday school presented the Christmas 
program under the supervision of Miss Grace M. Tyson. The young 
people and the choir of the church were out early Christmas morning 
singing carols after which they met at the church and attended the 
6 o'clock service in charge of our pastor, Bro. Dick. This service was 
well attended. Bro. Stover Kulp told how they spend Christmas in 
Africa, which was very interesting. On Sunday evening, Dec. 27, Mrs. 
H. Stover Kulp was installed into the ministry of the Brethren church. 
The impressive service was conducted by Bro. Replogle, secretary of 
Ministerial Board of the district. Bro. Kulp showed interesting pic- 
tures about their missionary work in Africa. — Mrs. S. Claude Bealer, 
Pottstown, Pa., Dec. 30. 

Lancaster church met in special council Oct. 14 at which time Brother 
and Sister J. Elmer Martin arid Brother and Sister Raymond Heistand 
were installed as deacons. The Board of Christian Education and 
other committees of the church and Sunday school gave their plans for 
the coming quarter. Oct. 22 the Women's Work meeting for the East- 
ern District of Pennsylvania was held here. Both morning and after- 
noon services were well attended; all of the messages were interesting 
and inspiring. Oct. 25 the B. Y. P. D. gave a peace play, The Great 
Choice. This was very well given and enjoyed by all. The offering 
collected from the peace banks amounted to $27.35. Our love feast, 
held on Nov. 1, was very well attended. Bro. Norman Musser of 
Mountville officiated. Nov. 5 the men of the church held a father and 
son banquet which was well attended. During November ten of our 
Sunday-school workers attended the standard leadership training school 
sponsored by the city Sunday-school association. The church met in 
council on Dec. 9. The Board of Christian Education announced at 
this time that a Junior League was being organized for children be- 
tween the ages of ten and fourteen; also a junior choir for the same 
age children. These organizations meet on Sunday evenings. Dec. 20 
our Sunday-school Christmas program was given. At the conclusion 
we held our white gift service; this offering in addition to fruits and 
vegetables amounted to $132.76; $89.93 of this amount was for world